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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With city hall poised to implement its first pedestrian strategy this year, my colleague Annalise Klingbeil and I examined a decades’ worth of traffic collision data and spoke with Calgarians whose lives were forever changed after their loved ones were hit by a vehicle.
The figures speak for themselves. Every day (on average), at least one person is hit on Calgary’s streets, over 85 per cent resulting in injury. Nearly 10 people are killed each year.
Shockingly, drivers fled the scene almost one-fifth of the time. Further, police report pedestrians had the right of way more than half the time (53 per cent) compared to 21 per cent where the driver had the right of way.
These figures don’t include collisions on private property or the dozens, perhaps hundreds, or more minor incidents that go unreported each year. While the city data is based on police records, different reporting methods resulted in minor discrepancies.
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