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A Look at Vancouver’s Downtown Bike Lanes

→ Photo from StreetsBlog.

Yesterday, staff at the City of Vancouver released a report recommending that the bike lanes on Hornby Street, Dunsmuir Street, and Dunsmuir Viaduct should be made permanent fixtures in Vancouver’s transportation infrastructure.

The recommendation is based on a few factors, not least of which is the increase in ridership on these (and Burrard) bike lanes since they were installed and the increase in safety along the bike routes.

The report goes before council later this month, and I’m hopeful that they will adopt staff’s recommendations.

Let’s take a closer look at the report — embark with me, if you will, on a wonderful journey of statistics and graphs! (I promise it will be better than it sounds.)

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The Bike Score

UBC Cycling in Cities

Today, researchers from UBC and SFU, in collaboration with Seattle-based WalkScore, released BikeScore for 10 Canadian and 10 US cities.

BikeScore shows a “heat map” of bikeability in each city, based on the presence and type of bike lanes, hills, amenities and lane connectivity, and bike commute mode share.

The results show that Victoria, Vancouver, and Montreal are Canada’s most bikeable cities.

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Canadian Mode Share of Transport to Work

The magazine Money Sense recently published a list of its Best Places to Live in Canada. This list is about as flawed as all others of its kind, but it did contain an interesting gem of data: as a percentage of commuters, more Yellowknifers walk and bike to work than do Vancouverites: 24% versus 16%. (At least, that was the case in 2006. We may never have more updated statistics, thanks to our all-knowing Conservative government.)

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