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City of Toronto releases Bicycle Count Statistics

Counting BikesIn September 2010, the City of Toronto conducted the first ever count of cyclists heading into (and out of) the downtown core.  To measure these numbers, they established 4 “screenlines” along Spadina, Bloor, Jarvis and Queens Quay and counted cyclists entering and exiting the downtown zone between 7 am and 7 pm on days without rain.

They’ve released their numbers, and they are impressive:

  • Between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM on a typical weekday in September 2010, 19,162 cyclists entered Toronto’s downtown core, and 15,241 exited the core.
  • The western screenline at Spadina Avenue had the highest bicycle volumes, carrying 45% of all cyclists travelling to and from the core.
  • The majority (62%) of cyclists were male, wore a helmet (54%), and rode on the street rather than on the sidewalk (95%). Very few (0.32%) of counted cyclists were passengers (e.g. in a child seat or trailer).

This is a great release of information and if the City can continue to undertake these cyclist counting initiatives, it can address anti-bike infrastructure sentiment with cold, hard, statistical facts.

Between the hours of 7:00 AM and
7:00 PM on a typical weekday in September
2010, 19,162 cyclists entered Toronto’s
downtown core, and 15,241exited the core.
The western screenline at Spadina
Avenue had the highest bicycle volumes,
carrying 45% of all cyclists travelling to and
from the core.
The majority (62%) of cyclists were
male, wore a helmet (54%), and rode on the
street rather than on the sidewalk (95%).
Very few (0.32%) of counted cyclists were
passengers (e.g. in a child seat or trailer).


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