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Open Access Government: How lockdown travel habits are influencing the green recovery

Wednesday, 14 April, 2021
Image of a cyclist travelling on an empty street as a result of lockdown

Our CEO, Mark Nicholson, discusses with Open Access Government magazine how local lockdown travel habits are already influencing the green recovery.

With restrictions in the UK now easing, residents have spent much more time in their local area than ever before during lockdown. Whether it was walking around the local park, cycling around the area, or running new routes, the distance people travelled significantly decreased. 

Before 2020, 60% of journeys between 1-2 miles were made in cars and cycling rates were low. However, the TfL cycle count, which usually takes place in Spring and was instead pushed to Autumn in 2020, revealed a 7% increase in cycling in inner London and a 22% increase in outer London, compared to the previous count in spring 2019. These shifts in behaviour are expected to carry on as pandemic restrictions continue to be eased and lifted. In a recent study for BBC News and King’s College London, 40% said they expected to walk more, 31% intended to shop locally more and 28% said they will cycle more than before the pandemic. 

With active travel (e.g. walking, cycling, scooting) increasing and residents staying local more often, the impact that 2020/21 has on green travel is significant. But how are these changing travel trends affecting policy and the transport networks of our towns and cities? And why is technology and data so crucial for the success of implementing these changes moving forward?

Read more on the Open Access Government website.

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