Annex B

Annex B

Measurement Framework

Progress nationally towards the 2030 vision and high level outcomes within the Active Travel Framework will be captured primarily by a series of key indicators. Building on indicators in the Walking Strategy and CAPs, these draft indicators have been agreed with walking and cycling delivery partners.

The measures will demonstrate progress at a national level towards the overall vision and the resulting delivery of strategic objectives. They will highlight areas for greater improvement by looking at the frequency of walking and cycling across using a range of measures, and will look at indicators relevant to each high level outcome.

Draft indicators will be published alongside the Framework on the Scottish Government website and updated when data becomes available2. These relate to specific outcomes though some may be appropriate indicators across a number of the outcomes. The indicators will be finalised in due course and may be subject to change depending on data availability.


Increase the number of people who choose walking and cycling in Scotland


1. Proportion of short everyday journeys by walking and cycling

2. Attitudes towards/propensity to walking and cycling

3. Proportion of journeys to school by walking, cycling and wheeling

4. Frequency of walking and cycling for pleasure/exercise


High quality walking, wheeling and cycling infrastructure is available to everyone


1. Km of traffic-free walking and cycling facilities

2. Distance to traffic-free cycling infrastructure

3. Quality of walking and cycling infrastructure


Walking and cycling is safer for everyone


1. Casualties by mode of transport and distance travelled (number and proportion)

2. Perceptions of safety of walking and cycling


Delivery of walking, cycling and wheeling is supported by a range of partners


1. Level of inclusion of active travel in Local Development Plans

2. Level of public sector spend on walking, cycling and wheeling

3. Perception of community involvement in walking, cycling and wheeling initiatives

4. Proportion of primary schools delivering on-road cycle training


Walking, cycling and wheeling is available to all


1. Household access to a bike (with focus on regional and socio-economic variation)

2. Proportion of people identifying barriers to walking and cycling

A fuller description of these measures is available in Annex C.

It is acknowledged that there will be a range of measures at a local and regional level which will provide more nuanced data on walking and cycling activity across the country. These will also be monitored by delivery partners, Local authorities, RTPs and Transport Scotland. Qualitative data in the form of cases studies will also be relevant for informing progress towards the outcomes contained within the Active Travel Framework.

In addition to monitoring indicators that will measure progress towards the active travel outcomes, additional evidence, both quantitative and qualitative, will be gathered that will inform progress against the active travel Strategic Objectives.  Specifically, the focus will be on evidencing impact on:

Cutting carbon emissions and other pollution

This will include gathering evidence on the impact of increased modal share of walking, cycling and wheeling on emissions and air quality.

Better health and safer travel to all

This will include gathering evidence on the impact that walking, cycling and wheeling has on health and wellbeing.

Supporting Delivery of Sustainable Economic Growth

This will include gathering evidence on the contribution walking, cycling and wheeling makes to the Scottish economy.