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Woodland Management – Kilmacrew House, near Banbridge

Sunday 6th January
Kilmacrew House, near Banbridge
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Bog Meadows Nature Reserve – Scrub Control

Sunday 20th January
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, Belfast
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Cycling in NI 2016/2017 Report 18 April 2018

The Cycling in Northern Ireland 2016/2017 Report is now available online (via Department for Infrastructure)


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Key Points

Bicycle Ownership

  • 32% of respondents had access to a bicycle.
  • Male respondents (33%) were more likely to own a bicycle than female respondents (22%).
  • Respondents from a rural area (34%) were more likely than those from an urban area (24%) to own a bicycle.
  • Bicycle ownership was highest in Lisburn & Castlereagh District Council (36%) and lowest in Mid Ulster District Council (14%).

Whether cycled in the last 4 weeks

  • Of the 932 respondents who had access to a bicycle, 30% had cycled in the last 4 weeks.
  • Male respondents (36%) were more likely than female respondents (22%) to have cycled in the last four weeks.
  • Those in urban areas (33%) were more likely than those in rural areas (26%) to have cycled in the last 4 weeks.

Frequency of cycling

  • Of the 271 respondents who had cycled in the last 4 weeks, 31% cycled at least once a fortnight, 30% cycled at least once a week, 17% cycled once every 4 weeks, 17% cycled 2–4 days a week and 6% cycled 5–7 days a week.

Reasons for cycling

  • The most popular reasons stated by respondents for cycling were for exercise (80%) and for enjoyment (80%).
  • Just over a quarter (26%) stated that ‘it is a cheap way to travel (there are no costs for fuel, car parking or bus/ train fares)’, over a fifth (22%) said ‘I find it convenient (I live close to work, education, shops)’, 17% stated they cycle ‘for environmental reasons’, 17% said ‘it saves time (e.g. to avoid traffic jams)’, and 13% said ‘I have no car’.