Calgary bike report finds majority wear helmets, 79% are men

The City of Calgary has some new statistics to track local cycling trends in its first-ever Bicycle Count report.

Busiest spot for bikes last summer was where the Bow River pathway meets Crowchild Trail in the southwest

The City of Calgary released its first Bicycle Count Report today, which shows the findings of bicycle data collected in the summer of 2013. (CBC)

The City of Calgary has some new statistics to track local cycling trends in its first-ever Bicycle Count report.

It found more than 19,000 cyclists at 51 different locations during the summer of 2013.

The data was collected during the morning and afternoon commute.

We can monitor the demographic trends of bicycle riders across the city.- city bicycle co-ordinator Thomas Thivener

The city used several different technologies to gather the data, including a manual count by data technicians, video camera counts, tube counts and automated counters

“The data which has been collected is similar to that of the City of Calgary Bicycle Program Yearbook released earlier this year, but provides more comprehensive detail and analysis,” said transportation data manager Ekke Kok in a release.

The busiest spot for bikes was where the Bow River pathway meets Crowchild Trail in the city's southwest.

It saw 2,787 cyclists during a six-hour time frame.

The reports says 86 per cent of cyclists are wearing helmets, and 79 per cent of the people on bikes were men.

"By conducting a trend analysis of the number of cyclists in Calgary, broken down by gender, age and helmet use, we can monitor the demographic trends of bicycle riders across the city,” said city bicycle co-ordinator Thomas Thivener. 

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