Propensity for Cycling Tool launches for Wales

The Propensity to Cycle Tool (PCT) – – commuting layer has now been extended to Wales thanks to funding from the Welsh Government.

The PCT now covers Wales in the interactive online map, allowing publicly accessible visualisation of cycling potential. The data downloads are also available, providing open access data to inform transport planning decisions. The four user manuals have also been translated into Welsh.

The results reveal that, on average, cycling potential in Wales is somewhat lower than in England. This reflects the fact that trip distances are slightly longer (the proportion of trips over 10km is 47% in Wales compared with 43% in England) and that the average hilliness is greater (mean gradient 3.6% vs. 2.2%). These factors help explain why the observed 2011 cycle mode share for commuting in Wales was half that seen in England (1.6% vs. 3.2%).

The potential for cycling increase in Wales is nevertheless substantial, with a mode share of 7% in all Welsh local authorities in the tool’s “Go Dutch” scenario.