Confusion Over Scilly’s ‘Bike To Work’ Data

bikes in rackA survey by a major insurance company has put Scilly in the bottom three local authorities in the country for cycle use, even though the data suggests we’re actually near the top.

Privilege Insurance, part of the Direct Line group, analysed data from the 2011 census.

With just 186 people aged 16 to 74 years saying they regularly cycle to work, it appeared to researchers that Scilly was third from last on their list, just in front of Merthyr Tydfil and Blaenau Gwent.

Unsurprisingly, Greater London, with over 155,000 cyclists, comes out top.

The report was widely reported in local and national media.

But they didn’t realise we have such a small population.

With 14% of residents using a bike to commute, compared to London’s 4%, that puts us third from the top, just behind Cambridge and Hackney.

We contacted Privilege to point out their mistake. Spokesman Chloe French said she understood and will update their information.

She also pointed out that in interviews she’d said how beautiful everyone imagined cycling on the Isles of Scilly would be.

St Mary’s Bike Hire owner Mark Prebble agreed that the islands are a nice place to cycle and said it was “good to hear that someone’s counting the number of cyclists.”