Sport Wales Survey results on cycling: North Wales has the highest levels of participation in cycling, with Denbighshire topping the table! I’m sure local clubs have a significant role in this, so well done VC Melyd!” — Sue Williams (Rhos CC)

Recently shared over on the FB group – in the course of her research unearthed figures from Sport Wales reflecting North Wales as the highest levels of participation – with Denbighshire at the top.
The sports Sport Wales study entitled Walking and Cycling in Wales dates from August 2014 – and is only 4 pages long if you fancied a peruse. However… well done us… and maybe VC Melyd could take a little bit of credit for that – in coaching, visibility, accessibility, and just being plain awesome ;o)

In 2012, in the previous 4 weeks, 8.8% of the adult population had participated in cycling, 2.1% in mountain biking and 0.3% in BMX. Equivalent figures for the previous survey (2008/09) were 6.8%, 1.4% and 0.2% respectively. 10.3% had participated in any form of cycling in the previous 4 weeks, in comparison to 7.6% in 2008/09. Male participation in any form of cycling (15.0%) is significantly higher than female participation (5.8%). Participation in any form of cycling was highest in the North Wales Region (12.8%). At a local authority level, the highest participation rate for any form of cycling was in Denbighshire (15.3%) and the lowest in Neath Port Talbot (7.0%) (n.b. four local authorities – Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea and the Vale of Glamorgan – were excluded from this analysis because not enough respondents were achieved from the sampling frame in these areas to report at this level). Cycling participation was highest in the Powys Teaching Health Board (12.9%)and Betsi Cadwaladwr University Health Board (12.8%) areas, and lowest in the Cwm Taf Health Board area (6.1%).