Just 2% of journeys in London are by bike

The Dutch have been drafted in to advise on cycling policy and infrastructure Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive/Press Association Images

London is seeing a boom in cycling, with well over half a million cycle trips made every day. To help prepare, the Dutch - who boast Amsterdam as one of the most bike friendly cities in the world - have been drafted in to advise on cycling policy and infrastructure.

So how do we compare? According to figures from the London Cycling Campaign:

  • Amsterdam: 600,000 cycle journeys per day in a population of 750,800 = 37% of journeys are by bike.

  • London: About 500,000 cycle journeys per day in a population of 8.1m = 2% of journeys by bike.

MPs, Dutch representatives and London schoolchildren cycled en masse from the Dutch Embassy to the Houses of Parliament today to celebrate the start of Bike Week 2013 (15-23 June).

The ride marks a closer partnership between the two countries, with Dutch experts advising a delegation from the UK on cycling policy and infrastructure in preparation for a predicted record year for cycling.

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Cycle boom for Bike Week

London are taking lessons from Holland to get more people on their bikes. MPs, Dutch representatives and London schoolchildren cycled from the Dutch Embassy to the Houses of Parliament today to celebrate the start of Bike Week.