Cycle Demand at Stations Study

Cycle Demand at Stations Study

The Challenge

Feasibility Study

SYSTRA were recently been involved in the Cycle Demand at Stations study for TfL This study involved a literature review, a data collation and analysis exercise and a survey of rail passengers, including a revealed preference element, to inform the development of a spreadsheet-based model that would forecast the expected use of cycling facilities and the resultant benefits if a Cycle Superhub were to be installed. The model considered all stations (Rail, Underground, DLR and Tram) in Zones 2-9, and took into account the characteristics of each station in terms of bus provision, car parking provision, cycle routes, topography and demographic profile around the station.


The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling in London includes commitments to deliver cycle parking, including a Cycle Superhub at a central London station and to deliver a number of smaller Superhubs at rail and underground stations outside Zone 1. TfL commissioned

SYSTRA to develop a model to estimate the increase in demand for cycle parking at these stations if a Superhub were to be installed.

TfL wanted a robust way to estimate demand and support the business case for any future investment, including identifying potential benefits and priority stations. Our work used data supplied by TfL and was supplemented by a survey, which we developed for this study.

We delivered:

  1. A cycle parking demand model for all London stations outside Zone 1 along with an accompanying user guide.
  2. A summary report on the approach developed by our team.
  3. Inputs to the business cases for six pilot Superhubs outside Zone 1.
  4. A framework for undertaking future demand analysis to be used on further business cases.

We are also assisting TfL on the business case for the cycle Superhub at a central London station, and supporting them on the development of their London-wide cycling models.

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