July 14, 2014 11:19 am
Updated: July 14, 2014 7:32 pm

New report reveals busiest place for cyclists in Calgary


CALGARY – A new report from the City of Calgary has revealed the most popular spot for local cyclists.

The Bicycle Count Report was released on Monday, and suggests the busiest location for bikes is where the Bow River Pathway meets Crowchild Trail S.W.

Officials recorded 2,787 cyclists passing through that point during a six hour count.

It was one of 50 locations where data was collected in the summer of 2013, 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

“The Bicycle Count report is a best practice of bike-friendly cities in North America,” says Bicycle Coordinator, Thomas Thivener. “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.

For more information visit www.calgary.ca/bikedata.

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