Data from Vancouver’s network of four downtown separated bike lanes shows record levels of cycling ridership in the first half of 2013 when compared to the same period in previous years.
A total of over 1,035,000 cycling trips were recorded from January to June 2013 in separated lanes on Hornby Street, Dunsmuir Street, the Burrard Bridge, and the Dunsmuir Viaduct. The data shows a 3% increase from the same period in 2012 and a 3.8% increase over 2011.
The gains are driven primarily by increased ridership on Hornby and the Dunsmuir Viaduct, which have seen single year increases of 11.9% and 11.5% respectively.
2010 - Q1Q2
2011 - Q1Q2
2012 - Q1Q2
2013 - Q1Q2
Cycling is now the fastest-growing transportation mode in Vancouver, with cycling trips up 40% from 2008 to 2011 for an average of 66,500 cycling trips every day.
As cycling infrastructure has undergone important safety upgrades, cycling trips by women and girls in Vancouver increased by 93% from 2008 to 2011, from 14,000 daily trips on average to over 27,000.
In 2011, 41% of all bicycle trips in Vancouver were by girls and women, up significantly from 30% in 2008. In comparison, the Canadian average in 2006 was 30%, while other North American cities, such as Portland measured 31% (2012) and San Francisco measured 28% (2011).
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For Translink Trip Diary data on active transportation in Vancouver, click here: