Cardio with a side of fall foliage: Hamilton's stairs and trails
Where do Hamiltonians head when they want to climb, roll, blade, bike, walk or run? To the stairs! And the trails!
Here's a look at the most popular escarpment stairs and waterfront trails at 67 different measuring points around the city, according to the most recent count done for the city's Active Transportation Benchmarking Program.
Most popular stairs: Chedoke
Followed by: Dundurn
Note: Most people do repeat trips up and down for exercise, so the numbers may not count individual workouts.
Busiest trail: Waterfront Trail's east end
Second-busiest trail: Waterfront Trail at Bayfront Park
Busiest season: Summer
Caveats on these rankings: For this post we looked at 2013-2014 data from the City of Hamilton's Active Transportation Benchmarking Program. As many readers have noted, the comparisons from stairs-to-stairs or trail-to-trail aren't always clear. Some trails and stairs had their traffic measured all year round and thus had a city-calculated "annual projection" for traffic. Some were only tracked in one season. Some had a "peak week" measurement (which we used for the "in a week" stats above) and some did not. Some, like Kenilworth Stairs, weren't tracked at all.
Kyra Hayes and Greg Tedesco showed off their favourite stairs, on Dundurn Street and York Boulevard, with a Thanksgiving Monday visit:
Not sure if this counts as fasted cardio... I'm still carrying a mashed potato food baby! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HamOnt?src=hash">#HamOnt</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCHamilton">@CBCHamilton</a> <a href="http://t.co/55GY4zrsej">pic.twitter.com/55GY4zrsej</a>—@KyraHayesHere
.<a href="https://twitter.com/CBCHamilton">@CBCHamilton</a> high level bridge stairs at the top of my list! Nice running route, & great views all around <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HamOnt?src=hash">#HamOnt</a> <a href="http://t.co/SInbKRm7zf">pic.twitter.com/SInbKRm7zf</a>—@greg_tedesco