While most Calgarians continued to climb into a car or truck before heading off to work, those hopping onto a saddle and pedalling to the salt mines has more than doubled over the past five years.
The city’s 2016 census, released last week, shows 67 per cent of respondents drive to work alone while another six per cent carpool — that’s far more than the 6,798 or 1.75 per cent who cycle.
But the number of Calgarians commuting by bike is up significantly since 2011 when the city census takers began collecting mode of transportation data and found just 0.87 per cent, or 2,923, pedalled to work. (By comparison, 1.3 per cent of the roughly 15.4 million Canadians who commute said they cycle, according to the 2011 National Household Survey.)
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