Monday, July 14, 2014

First city-wide bicycle count results released

The City released its first Bicycle Count Report today, which presents bicycle data collected in the summer of 2013 to help guage trends on the number of bicycle riders, gender, age and helmet use over time across Calgary.

The data was collected at over 50 locations throughout Calgary during the morning and evening commute hours. “The data which has been collected is similar to that of the City of Calgary Bicycle Program Yearbook released earlier this year, but provides more comprehensive detail and analysis,” says Ekke Kok, Manager of Transportation Data.

Some of the findings in the report include:

  • Over 19,000 cyclists were counted at 51 locations
  • The busiest count location was where the Bow River Pathway meets Crowchild Trail S.W., with 2,787 cyclists during a six hour time frame
  • 86% of cyclists were wearing helmets
  • 79% of cyclists were men, while 21% were women

This report is one of the ways The City’s Bicycle Program is monitoring and evaluating cycling data, as part of our Cycling Strategy and Calgary Transportation Plan. The data in this report acts as a baseline for The City to monitor changes in the future.

Bicycle Coordinator, Thomas Thivener says, “The Bicycle Count report is a best practice of bike-friendly cities in North America. By conducting a trend analysis of the number of cyclists in Calgary, broken down by gender, age and helmet use, we can monitor the demographic trends of bicycle riders across the city.”

The City counts bicyclists a number of different ways and uses several different technologies to do so, including manual counts by data technicans, video camera counts, tube counts, and automated counters. The City also has a Centre City Bicycle Volume Flow Map which shows the corridors most used by bicyclists in the centre city.

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