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More Bikes than Cars using College Street

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This is beautiful stuff. I won’t even get all persnickety about the graph further down the post with a y axis that doesn’t start at zero. I shall keep my inner data geek in check.

Cycle Toronto observed this trend this fall, when it counted more bikes than cars on College St. On Thurs Sept 19th, from 5pm to 6pm, Cycle Toronto counted 680 bikes and 618 cars travelling westbound. The overall bicycle mode share was 52%, and one 15-minute interval had a mode share of 57%. This hourly count occurred within an overall westbound count between 4:30pm and 6:30pm of 1,150 bikes and 1,227 cars (48% bikes, 52% cars). Since 2010, bike traffic on College St has increased by 67%!

Full article: Cycle Toronto Observes More Bikes than Cars on College Street | Cycle Toronto.

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Video: 10 Minutes at Bay & College

I had such a good time filming everyone on the “Ride for Jarvis, Ride for Toronto” ride on Wednesday (and then speeding it up and putting it to music), I thought it would be interesting to do something similar to watch traffic patterns at an intersection.

I found a place I could see most of the Bay & College intersection on Friday morning and filmed it for 10 minutes (8:50 – 9:00 am) … I’ve since speeded it up 4x so the below video is only about 2.5 minutes long… then I watched it numerous times and counted the number of bikes and cars using the intersection. (These numbers follow the video below). The music in the video is “Rest” by Parts and Labor.

 

Vehicles using Bay & College intersection

Date & Time: Fri, July 22, 2011 from 8:50 – 9:00 am

College & Bay during the G20 in 2010

Bicycles:

Eastbound:    46
Westbound:    29
Northbound:    10
Southbound:    20

Total Bikes: 105

Cars:

Eastbound:    51
Westbound:    46
Northbound:    68
Southbound:    72

Total Cars: 237

Percentage of Vehicle Users on Bikes:

Eastbound:    47%    (46/97)
Westbound:    39%   (29/75)
Northbound:    13%    (10/78)
Southbound:    22%    (20/92)

Overall:  31%  (105/342)

Notes:

1) I have made a distinction between “regular cars” (ie. people driving to work, etc) and taxis, TTC vehicles, and business vehicles (ie. vans or pick-up trucks that are filled with goods, or have a logo or something on the side).  The purpose here is to see how many “regular people” (on bikes or in cars) are using the intersection.

2) It should be noted that this intersection is the eastern start of the westbound College St. bikelanes.  The Eastbound College St. bikelane actually ends one street east (at Elizabeth St.).  Bay St. does not have bikelanes, but the curblanes are supposed to be used by only bikes, taxis and buses.  It doesn’t work that way in practice…. and Bay is still pretty bike unfriendly.

2a) A delivery truck is parked in the College bikelane for a good portion of this video.

3) I have not endeavoured to count pedestrians in this video yet… but you can tell that they FAR outnumber every other mode of transport.

 

[College and Bay photo by ajcgn on Flickr]

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College Street Cycling Survey – Call for Participants

From the City of Toronto:


The City of Toronto is working with the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation (TCAT) and the Clean Air Partnership (CAP) to evaluate cycling conditions on College Street before and after the installation of a new  bicycle pavement marking application – and we need your help.

What will I need to do?

  • Complete an online survey about your experience cycling on College St between Lansdowne Ave and Manning Ave on one day in April and one day in June.

When is the survey happening?

  • Part 1: April 19th to May 3rd, 2010
  • Part 2: June 14th to 18th, 2010

Who can participate?

  • Cyclists who ride along College St. during rush hour, for at least a couple blocks between Lansdowne Ave and Manning Ave. Rush hour is from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.
  • All participants must be 18 years of age or older.

How can I sign up?

  • Contact us by email at bikeplan@toronto.ca to sign up. For all emails, please include “College Street Survey” in the subject line and indicate:
    • your name,
    • preferred email address for correspondence, and
    • what section of College Street you cycle on (e.g. Brock Ave to Clinton St).
  • The City of Toronto will not be responsible for any injury or damage related to the completion of the survey form. Information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Visit www.toronto.ca/cycling for more details.


You can also find City related news and posts in the City of Toronto section here on BikingToronto.

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