A new study of cycling trends in Scotland has revealed that Leithers are some of the most likely people in the country to travel to work by bike.
It finds that nearly 1 in 20, or 4.8% of people, in Leith ward are choosing to get to work by bike. This puts them ninth in the national league table.
In Leith Walk ward, the figure is slightly lower at 4.6%. Nevertheless, this result still puts the residents of Leith Walk ward as living in the 12th placed area in the national bike-to-work league table.
In fact, the City of Edinburgh dominates the top 20, with 12 wards making the table.
|Local Authority||Ward||% Cycle to work|
|City of Edinburgh||Meadows/Morningside||9.9%|
|City of Edinburgh||Southside/Newington||9.3%|
|City of Edinburgh||Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart||6.9%|
|City of Edinburgh||Leith||4.8%|
|City of Edinburgh||Colinton/Fairmilehead||4.6%|
|City of Edinburgh||Leith Walk||4.6%|
|City of Edinburgh||Portobello/Craigmillar||4.6%|
|City of Edinburgh||Corstorphine/Murrayfield||4.5%|
|City of Edinburgh||Forth||4.5%|
|City of Edinburgh||Inverleith||4.5%|
|City of Edinburgh||City Centre||4.4%|
|City of Edinburgh||Craigentinny/Duddingston||4.4%|
Nearly all the wards in the top 20 are close to town centre areas with good cycle infrastructure links. Many are also close to universities. It’s therefore little wonder that areas on the south of Edinburgh come top in this table – as they tend to combine all three of these characteristics.
That’s not to say that these numbers give any room for complacency. If anything, they prove how vital investment in infrastructure is to boosting cycle journeys.
The numbers have been released as the organisers of the Pedal on Parliament campaign, which calls for greater support for cycling, launched a video that outlines why good quality bike infrastructure is so important.
We asked POP volunteer Alex Robertson to explain more about the video and why people should think about backing the campaign this year.
He said: “The video is specifically designed for those who do not cycle regularly, it’s part of an audience we are really keen to reach out to. The vast majority of cyclists understand why investing in cycle infrastructure makes sense. However, investing in cycling doesn’t just benefit cyclists. If cycle infrastructure and associated pedestrian infrastructure is designed properly it benefits everyone. This video explains why both the young and the old, and our towns and cities, would benefit.
“It’s worth remembering that 43% of adults in Scotland have access to a bike (and probably more kids).”
Urging people to attend this year’s protest ride he added: “There is a new Transport Minister, Derek Mackay in Holyrood.
“The minister is definitely listening which he demonstrated by having his first debate on active travel. Whilst the minister has not confirmed his attendance at POP this year, he has suggested that he is interested in attending.
“This years demonstration is the perfect opportunity to let him know just how strongly we feel about making Scotland a people friendly nation.
“Also whilst councils like Edinburgh are heading in the right direction, a protest at the parliament is a great opportunity for us to put pressure on the Scottish Government as a whole, all MSPs and councillors around Scotland, and tell them that people want ALL towns to be people friendly, and a great way to start that is by building good cycling and pedestrian infrastructure.”
If you’d like to see Leith at the top of the bike-to-work table, then consider taking part in Pedal on Parliament this year.