We know it’s just getting around to summer, but we’ve recently looked at some cycling data from the last few years, and we’ve found that more cyclists ride in the winter than we thought. Here’s are some conclusions from our review of the data. Let us know your thoughts on this information.
- Less cyclists ride in the winter (as you might expect) but the number never goes to zero, even on our coldest days.
- Daily rider counts from 2016 were generally higher than from previous years.
- The trend line for each year’s data shows an increase from 2014 through to 2016.
The cyclist count came from the City of Calgary’s data from the bike counters they have recently installed (the Peace Bridge has the longest data set, so that’s the one we started with). The weather data came from the Environment Canada weather station at the Calgary International Airport, obtained through their publicly available weather database. We’ll keep looking at cyclist information as it becomes available, and as our volunteer group has time!
We’d love to hear your comments on our conclusions, and if you have any suggestions for future examinations of Calgary cycling data.