Evidence and Data

We’ve collated important research, data and evidence to help make the case for active travel investment, infrastructure and behaviour change programmes.

Active Travel: female cyclist at busy road crossing

Paths for All have an aim to increase the evidence base, share learning to make the case for increased walking and active travel. Below are key resources to support this:


Our Walkipedia website signposts users to the key sources of information and evidence relating to walking, pedestrians, and active travel. It provides quick access to relevant legislation, policies, strategies, guidance, research websites and statistics as well as to organisations, detailing their programmes, initiatives and toolkits that have been developed.

If you work in the areas of walking, active travel, planning and design, road safety, community engagement, climate change and sustainability, air quality, transport planning and engineering, physical, mental, and social health, and, behaviour change, you should find this resource useful.

Transport and Travel in Scotland

Transport and Travel in Scotland is an overview of travel trends in Scotland – this covers relevant questions asked in the annual Scottish Household Survey which is run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Essential Evidence 4 Scotland

Essential Evidence 4 Scotland are concise summaries addressing a range of sustainable and health promoting aspects of transport. These are produced by Edinburgh Napier's Transport Research institute which is supported by our Smarter Choices Smarter Places Programme. 

The evidence covers everything from  behaviour change to infrastructure interventions and can be of value to consultancies, advocacy groups, and public health practitioners working across Scotland.

Cycling Open Data 

Cycling Scotland has created Scotland’s first open data portal which contains around 90 datasets relating to cycling in Scotland. They encourage all local authorities, planners, and academics to use the portal to upload and share data.

The Cycling Potential Tool 

The Cycling Potential Tool provides an evidence-base to support decision-making and investment in cycling.

National Monitoring Framework

The National Monitoring Framework project measures the levels of cycling across Scotland.

The Hands Up Scotland Survey

The Hands Up Scotland Survey looks at how pupils across Scotland travel to school. Established in 2008, the Hands Up Scotland Survey takes place each September in schools across Scotland. Pupils are asked ‘How do you normally travel to school?'. As an official statistic for Scotland since 2012, it is the largest national dataset on school travel working with Transport Scotland, Sustrans and all 32 Scottish local authorities.