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New data available through bike-sharing

An interesting study came out of Europe on how people use bicycles during their commutes. I wonder if our very own Bixi Toronto will be equipped to provide us with similar data that might help inform city-planning right here in TO?

Posted: December 13th, 2010
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3 Comments on “New data available through bike-sharing”

  1. 1 michael holloway said at 6:11 pm on December 15th, 2010:

    Nice link!

    I like this quote:

    “Some of what they found is unsurprising. Over an average trip, cyclists travel 2.49 km in 14.7 minutes so their average speed is about 10 km/h. That compares well with the average car speed in inner cities across Europe.

    During the rush hour, however, the average speed rises to almost 15 km/h, a speed which outstrips the average car speed. And that’s not including the time it takes to find a place to park which is much easier for a Velo’v bike than a car.”

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it, you reactionary McCarthyist ( morons.



  2. 2 michael holloway said at 6:15 pm on December 15th, 2010:

    Oh! and this ties in perfectly with what I’ve been going on about at the Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki and the Blog!

    “The data also shows that bike journeys between two points are shorter in distance than the corresponding journey by car. There are no bike lanes in Lyon so this suggests that cyclists use other techniques to make short cuts, say Jensen and co. Their shocking conclusion is that cyclists often ride on the pavement, along bus lanes and the wrong way up one way streets.

    That kind of information will be useful for urban planners. For the first time they have real data to show where to build cycle lanes and how well they will be used. …”

  3. 3 Cat B said at 9:10 pm on December 15th, 2010:

    :-) Ya, all the mapping is interesting stuff. Good to see how people are using the roadways. And yup! So often during rush hour, a bike gets you there faster!

    Funny how so many wannabe business folk only seem to be keen on efficiency when it serves their own personal preferences… (Ahem. Rob Ford. Ahem.)

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