90,000 more people cycled to work in 2011 compared to 2009, according to census data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The data shows that  males aged 30 to 34, working in elementary and professional occupations and living in urban areas were the most likely to cycle to work.

Geographically speaking, residents of Merthyr Tydfil were least likely to cycle to work whilst the residents most likely to cycle were in Cambridge.

London was the area that showed the biggest increase, doubling numbers from 77,000 in 2001 to 155,000 in 2011.

These increased figures are consistent with a 2013 London bike use census which found that almost 9,300 riders – 11 a minute – cross London Bridge every day.

Commenting on this data, Andrew Gilligan, London Mayor Boris Johnson’s cycling commissioner, said:

“These incredible, near-Dutch results show how enormous cycling already is in London and how urgent the task of catering for it has become. Cyclists may make up 24 per cent of the traffic across central London, but they still get much less than 24 per cent of policy-makers’ attention. These extraordinary figures disprove any claim that cycling is marginal and that investing in it is indulgent.”

There were also substantial increases in other cities, including Brighton & Hove (109%), Bristol (94%), Manchester (83%), Newcastle (81%) and Sheffield (80%).

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