New Stats On Cycling & Walking In Vancouver

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Vancouver recently released the latest report on cycling and walking in the city. The report goes into great detail, breaking down the numbers by region with some pretty charts and pictures, but Frances Bula has done a great recap of the numbers on her blog:

– just over 40 per cent of people who live in the Downtown or West End walk or cycle to work. (For the city as a whole, it’s 16 per cent; for all of Metro, eight per cent.)

– in all of Vancouver, cycling accounts for 3.7 per cent of trips to work. Cycling actually decreased slightly in the Downtown and West End between 1996 and 2006, according to census stats, but walking trips there went up in the same time period.

– The Point Grey/Kits, Commercial Drive and lowers Main Street neighbourhoods had the highest rates of cycling to work, up to almost 12 per cent in some of them. I’m not surprised, since I live on a bike route in the Main Street area and see great herds of them go past my house every day.

– Summer peak hour counts along the bike routes show the highest traffic around Ontario and Prior, where the two most heavily used north-south and east-west routes intersect. The count there just over 700. the 10th Avenue route the next heaviest, with about 500.

– No numbers for the Burrard Bridge per se. In fact, the map in this report makes it look as though there is no bridge. Interesting.

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  1. Rebecca says:

    Hi Karl
    I am involved in the project, so glad that’s clear from the post! Lots of input required from the public – both on the site and at live discussion forums. Let me know if you need further info!

  2. Karl Woll says:

    Hi Rebecca,

    Thanks for the heads-up with the website, are you involved with the project? I’ll probably do a post about it once I have a chance to dig into the site a bit more.


  3. Rebecca says:

    It’s true that cycling could be seen as minimal in Vancouver. After all, 77% of trips are by car. In Metro Vancouver, vehicules account for 35% of nearly all greenhouse gases. We need transportation solutions, that encourage cycling, but also walking and transit. I know that TransLink is looking for the public to comment on transport issues at – everyone can have their say on how to increase cycling options…..