The number of Calgarians commuting by bike on the rise

FeaturedThe number of Calgarians commuting by bike on the rise

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.)

Read the full story and explore the interactive maps at the Calgary Herald

Sick days climb at Calgary public school board

With growing classroom sizes and an aging, stressed-out workforce, paid sick days at the Calgary Board of Education have climbed significantly over the past five years and cost the education system more than $136.5 million over that period.

New figures obtained by the Herald show full-time public school teachers claimed 51,470 sick days in 2013, up 22 per cent from 2009 levels. Full-time non-teaching staff — everyone from support workers to administration to janitors — missed 27,627 days in 2013 due to illness, up 55 per cent from 2009.

That represents a combined estimated value of lost time of $136.5 million over that five-year period.

This story was first published Feb. 7, 2015 in the Calgary Herald. Read the full story here. 

View the interactive version here.

CBE sick days



Calgary’s $1.4-billion West LRT opens to great fanfare

Calgary’s $1.4-billion West LRT opens to great fanfare

Politicians, city officials and transit-loving Calgarians celebrated Saturday morning the ceremonial opening of the largest infrastructure project in the city’s history: the $1.4-billion west LRT. (Read full story here.)

“Transit matters. Transit investments are among the best investments any city can make, any government can make for that matter. They’re investments in reducing congestion, investments in improving air quality, and they’re investments in increasing social mobility for everyone in the community.”
— Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi

Below are a few shots from ceremonial opening of the refurbished West Kerby Station and the opening of the West LRT line.

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