Mapping the cyclists cordon count

The City released its bicycle count report today. The meat of the data is counts of cyclists entering and leaving a box defined as Bloor/Jarvis/Queen’s Quay/Spadina. The counts actually took place at 34 intersections along the edges of the box.

Torontoist, Biking Toronto and BlogTO have the details. The raw numbers are here.

I mapped the number of incoming cyclists at each entry point using a radius generator. The map is here. The Queen’s Quay tier is easy to miss visually – zoom in to see it.

There do seem to be more cyclists coming into the core from the west, something reflected in the census data, which shows somewhat more commuter cyclists in the west end. It’s never been all that clear to me why.

Click on the image to see the map.

3 thoughts on “Mapping the cyclists cordon count

  1. Isn’t the reason there’s more cyclists in the West End obvious? It’s geographically larger than the East End (which I stop counting at the River, as it’s a pretty big psychological/geographical hurdle for cyclists — when you think about it, there’s only 5 routes across it, and Bloor riders may bypass the core altogether). Also, I’ll bet more students live West of the core than East of it.

  2. It seems fairly simple to me. From the east, there are only 5 roads by which you can get into downtown. Bloor, Gerrard, dundas, queen, and the lakeshore. I leave Eastern out because it’s too busy. Only 3 of those have any cycling infrastructure.

    North of bloor, I think the ride home uphill is daunting, as well as the lack of cycling infrastructure and quiet north south routes.

  3. Demographics explain the divide too. The lowrise tracts just outside downtown are the sort of mixed dense urbanity that breeds commuter cyclists and students. TO the West this type of development extends a long way West, at minimum past Ossington. Probably 100,000 people. To the East it turns to family neighbourhoods at the Don, and to the north it becomes isolated clusters north of about Davenport or so.