Post by mondraker275 on Feb 9, 2017 10:17:06 GMT
145.7m journeys (2015-16 147.1m 2014-15 156.8m 2013-14 155.1m)
Year to date journeys (period 1-10)
1735.5m (2015-16 1799.2m 2014-15 1823.2m 2013-14 1803.3m)
So still a huge fall in journeys that shows no sign of recovery
Of course the fact that many more people are now cycling since it's been made safer might have a lot to do with it?
1) No, Not really. Especially as you said 'a lot'. Its very small aspect of the many reasons. The main reason is that bus journeys are longer and not improving any time soon, and some people have got fed up and been forced to use alternatives. People have not been sitting on buses for years, thinking, if only, cycling was safer, I would cycle from Forest Gate to Liverpool Street. Look now, because now part of my journey is segregated, I will stop taking the bus. Makes no sense. More likely said person was happy with their bus commute but now its really long and unreliable. They will pay a few extra pounds and take the tube. This is reflected in the increase in tube journeys in the same periods. For short bus journeys, people will walk 20-30 minutes before they cycle. The only time we will get bus journeys transferred for cycle journeys is that intermediate range, where bus journey would take 30-40 minutes on a good day (but now 1 hour), and there are no parallel tube/train lines. It also helps if that route had segregated cycle lanes. Cycling is a completely different mode of transport that requires a huge commitment and effort. Its much easier to go from public transport to public transport.
2) Completely agree. Trying to make cycling safer has caused the bus numbers to go down.