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

We have an aim to increase the evidence base and share learning to make the case for investment in walking, wheeling and cycling, both in terms of infrastructure and behaviour change programmes. 



Many of the key sources of evidence and data we use can be found on our Walkipedia website.

Walkipedia 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.


Open Data

In partnership with Cycling Scotland, up-to-date counter data on walking from a wide range of sources is available on the Cycling Open Data portal. Real-time walking data can be accessed from a number of local authorities, as well as Sustrans, and the John Muir Way. 

The data on the portal will be updated and added to regularly, and can help inform research, policy and decision making to enable evidence-based choices to be made.



We commission our own research into walking and active travel to better understand the factors that influence the decisions people make about walking. 

We have conducted a national survey of public attitudes to walking in 2014, 2019, and most recently in 2023. You can find the results of these below:


We collaborate with partners on other pieces of work, for example in 2019 with Ramblers Scotland on an academic review of the barriers and facilitators to recreational walking, undertaken by the team at the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC), at the University of Edinburgh.

We also work with academic researchers to learn more about how our Step Count Challenge can be used to promote walking, and how best to boost physical activity in care homes. You can find out more on the research section of the Step Count Challenge website

If you want more information or are interested in collaborating, contact: data@pathsforall.org.uk