London Cycling Community is Finally Taking the Fight to the Car

By Chris Mills on at

London is a city that was barely designed for horse and cart, let alone Lexuses (Lexi?). Even so, cars are a big part of life in the capital, and yet, cyclist numbers are finally starting to catch up to their four-wheeled foes.

Transport statistics are normally eye-wateringly dull, but Transport for London’s latest report makes for surprisingly good reading. In it, we discover that the number of cars on London's roads has been halved in the last 15 years: 137,000 per day were coming in in 2000, compared to 64,000 in 2014.

What's more, there has been a definite shift in alternative transport: in the same period, cyclists trebled from 12,000 to 36,000, and the number of rush-hour pedal-pushers is expected to outnumber motorists in a few years.

All this is a welcome and necessary accomplishment for a city that’s seen double-digit population growth over the same period. With London growing larger and more dense, other transport solutions like the tube, buses and bikes are having to grow to meet demand. [Transport for London]