Cycling research 

Active forms of travel, including walking and cycling, are not only important to health for their contribution to increasing physical activity, but also to help address obesity, improve mental health, tackle climate change, reduce air pollution, and can help build more connected communities.

In 2017 we published a series of cycling analysis reports. Two reports document trends and patterns of cycling associated with two new cycling routes in the city, the West City Way and the South West City Way. Another report focuses on use of the cycle hire scheme in Glasgow, documenting its growth, peak times of use, seasonal factors and the impact of weather.

Published alongside these reports, is an analysis of active travel to school in Glasgow, which highlights trends in walking and cycling among primary and secondary pupils in schools across the city.  

In 2015, we published a study which explored the views of users of the Kelvingrove-Anderston cycling and walking route in Glasgow.  The route, now renamed the West City Way, connects Kelvingrove Park (in the west of Glasgow) to the city centre. Download a report from the report’s launch event.  

In 2015, we completed a detailed study of cyclist and pedestrian road casualty trends in Scotland. The study used road traffic injury data collected through police reports and from hospital admission data to gain a better understanding of trends in pedestrian and cyclist road casualties in Scotland.  

In 2015, we provided a detailed response to Glasgow’s Draft Strategic Plan for Cycling 2015-2025

In 2013, we undertook an assessment of the health and economic benefits of cycling in Glasgow, using a health economic assessment tool (HEAT) for cycling developed by the World Health Organisation.  The HEAT tool was applied to local cycling data for Glasgow and found that the annual health economic benefit accruing from cycle trips into and out of the city centre in 2012 was £4 million. Download the briefing paper. 

Briefing papers

We have previously published a range of relevant briefing papers which are available to download below: 

Briefing Paper Findings Series 37 - Learning from success: active travel in schools 

Briefing Paper Findings Series 29 - Children’s travel to school – are we moving in the right direction?

Briefing Paper Findings Series 28 - Are trends in adult active travel moving in the right direction? 

Briefing Paper Findings Series 26 - Moving in the right direction? Findings from a review of transport policy in Scotland

Briefing Paper Findings Series 22 - Attitudes toward active travel in Glasgow: Findings from a qualitative research project  

Seminar talks with a focus on cycling

New analysis of cycling in Glasgow - Karen Macpherson (Active travel seminar, 2017)

Reflections on our learning: transport, active travel and inequalities - Jill Muirie (Active travel seminar, 2017)

Our unequal streets: everyday experiences as barriers to cycling - Dr Rachel Aldred (Active travel seminar, Active travel seminar, 2016)

What have we learned? A synthesis of GCPH's work on active travel – Jill Muirie (Active travel seminar, 2016) 

Active travel in an urban Scottish context Bruce Whyte, (Healthier Futures Forum, 2015)

Research into the use of the new Kelvingrove to Anderston route in Glasgow - Lorna Shaw and Emma Hewitt (Active travel seminar, January 2015)

'Are we moving in the right direction? Findings from data analyses and policy review' - Fiona Crawford and Bruce Whyte (Active travel seminar, 2010)

School Travel Trends- Bruce Whyte and Mark Livingston (Active travel seminar, 2009)  

Further information

The transport section of the Understanding Glasgow website provides details of cycling trends in Glasgow, in Scottish cities, within Glasgow and Clyde Valley, by Glasgow neighbourhood, by deprivation decile.  There is also information on the length and type of cycling infrastructure in the city.