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How Many of Your Neighbours Bike to Work? Perhaps More Than You Think!

Patrick Cain at the Toronto Star loves maps (who doesn’t?). He’s done a couple general commuting maps for the GTA, but has just released one just about Commuter Cyclists, organized by Census Tracts.

The map looks pretty much like you’d expect… higher levels of people using bicycles as their primary mode of getting to work in the downtown core (where car traffic moves slower and there are more bikelanes) and less and less as you move into the old boroughs of Toronto and the suburbs.

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However, and you can see this in the screenshot above… some areas of Toronto are not only “hotbeds” of commuting by bike, but the census data also shows how many people identified “walking” and “transit” as their primary means of getting to work.

In particular, the area immediately west of the University of Toronto (which a workforce of 1815 people) is not only high in bike commuters (17%, or ~300 people), but also in those who walk to work (32%, or 580 people) and transit users (also 32%, or 580).

That leaves 19% of this census tract who get to work via automobile… just slightly more than by bike, and less than by walking or transit.

It’s good to think about things like this in an election year. :)

It’s nice to see so many people commuting by bike in Toronto’s core.

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