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Summary of outcomes of the cycling demonstration towns and
Cycling City and Towns Programmes

Sloman, Lynn; Cope, Andrew; Kennedy, Angela; Crawford, Fiona; Cavill, Nicholas; Parkin, John


Lynn Sloman

Andrew Cope

Angela Kennedy

Fiona Crawford

Nicholas Cavill

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John Parkin
Professor in Transport Engineering


The Cycling Demonstration Towns (CDT) programme ran from October 2005 to March 2011, and involved six medium-sized towns, with populations of between 65,000 and 245,000 people. The partly concurrent Cycling City and Towns (CCT) programme ran from July 2008 to March 2011. It involved one substantially larger city (Greater Bristol), one significantly smaller town (Leighton Linslade) and a further ten towns of medium size, with populations ranging from 75,000 to 240,000.

Overall, we conclude that there is good evidence that the number of cycling trips has increased to varying degrees across the CDT and CCT programmes. Insufficient robust data is available to address the question of whether this increase is attributable to the investment programme, or simply reflects wider trends. Based on available evidence, we suggest that these programmes may have delivered greater uplift in cycling than would have happened without the investment, although we cannot say definitively that this is the case.


Cycling City and Towns Programmes

Report Type Project Report
Publication Date Jun 21, 2017
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords cycling, investment, evaluation
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