In 2011, an estimated 126,000 cycling trips were made each day. That’s a 61 per cent increase from 10 years before, but it works out to an abysmal less than one per cent of all trips. Seventy-eight per cent of Torontonians still use cars to get around. Add walking to the cycling figures, and we get 6.1 per cent.
Of the 14 million trips that are made on a daily basis in the GTHA, the authors believe that at least one-third have the potential to be cyclable. That’s 4.35 million potential trips. The authors note that shorter journeys between one to five kilometres in length are the most accessible to cycling or walking. These include cycling to work, transit stops, school, or running errands.
Again and again and again, real live data shows that bikes, bike lanes, and bike parking is WAY better for business than cars, car lanes and car parking:
Replacing on-street parking with a bike lane has little to no impact on local business, and in some cases might even increase business. While cyclists tend to spend less per shopping trip than drivers, they also tend to make more trips, pumping more total money into the local economy over time.So to put these debates to rest we’ve compiled an annotated, chart-filled guide to every major study we know of conducted on the subject to date. Here they are, in no particular order, for your public meeting pleasure.
This is what happens when a city, a world class city, truly invests in bikesharing: widescale adoption. Here in Toronto we’ve had politicians who are scared of the car lobby put in a dinky little Bixi system (1000 bikes) only in the very small downtown area and have refused to invest in it.
Toronto needs vision. Toronto needs investment in bikesharing.
Infographic via MikeBloomberg.com: Citi Bike: A One Month Statistical Report Card.
I find this VERY hard to believe. There are WAY more cyclists in Toronto than when I started Biking Toronto in 2006. It would be interesting to see these stats broken down by province, city, etc.
The latest batch of data from Statistics Canada shows no difference in the percentage of Canadians who rode their bike to work in 2011 and 2006.
That number remains unchanged at 1.3 per cent. That works out to 201,785 cyclists out of more than 15 million commuters.