City of Vancouver says June 2015 has set record cycling ridership

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The City of Vancouver has issued a report that states cycling ridership throughout the city has significantly increased for the month of June.

The report looks at cycling trips made on 10 different bike roots during the months of June 2014 and June 2015. The report claims there are “record volumes at six of the ten protected bike routes.”

Bike counters have been placed around the city since the 1990s to track the amount of bicycle trips, making monthly statistics available on their website.

The highest jump in percentage is at 10th and Clark, where an increase by 32 per cent is indicated. Science World falls second with a 31 per cent increase. On the Burrard Bridge, cycling has increased 28 per cent.

The Canada Line Bridge bike path has the lowest amount of change, making only an eight per cent increase.

The City says that weekend average in June has risen from 4,200 trips in 2014 to 6,600 trips in 2015, and says bike volumes continue to increase across the city.

However, weather could have played the biggest role in the number shift. A quick historical weather search reveals that Vancouver saw more precipitation in June of last year.

Temperatures in June 2014 fell as low as 10°C, a maximum temperature of 24°C and had approximately 40 mm of rain. In comparison, June 2015 saw a maximum temperature of 31°C, a minimum of 11°C and just 7.6 mm of precipitation.

The data is listed in complete below:

Burrard Bridge

  • June 2014: 148,000
  • June 2015: 190,000
  • One-Year Change: +28%

Hornby*

  • June 2014: 59,000
  • June 2015: 73,000
  • One-Year Change: +24%

Dunsmuir Street*

  • June 2014: 58,000
  • June 2015: 67,000
  • One-Year Change: +15%

Dunsmuir Viaduct*

  • June 2014: 60,000
  • June 2015: 76,000
  • One-Year Change: +27%

Canada Line Bridge*

  • June 2014: 26,000
  • June 2015: 28,000
  • One-Year Change: +8%

Union and Hawks*

  • June 2014: 103,000
  • June 2015: 115,000
  • One-Year Change: +12%

Lions Gate* (tied with July 2013)

June 2014: 63,000
June 2015: 70,000
One-Year Change: +11%

Science World*

  • June 2014: 146,000
  • June 2015: 191,000
  • One-Year Change: +31%

10th and Clark

  • June 2014: 62,000
  • June 2015: 82,000
  • One-Year Change: +32%

Point Grey*

  • June 2014: n/a
  • June 2015: 96,000
  • One-Year Change: n/a

* Routes that experienced record high bike volumes in June 2015. Lions Gate also experienced 70,000 trips in July 2013.

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