The City of Winnipeg studied cycling patterns in the city to help its staff plan cycling lanes and other infrastructure. Winnipeg has the potential to be a great place for bicycle commuting. The downtown is a true city centre with neighbourhoods on all sides.
More than 700 participants used a specially designed GPS for two weeks. The devices recorded the details of more than 9,300 cycling trips, giving city staff a vivid picture of origins and destinations, heavily used routes and gaps in Winnipeg's cycling network. Participants also filled out surveys and trip diaries. Almost 87 per cent said they would cycle more if there were better infrastructure.
Since the study, funding for more than 35 cycling infrastructure projects has been approved.
- Technical problems with the GPS systems, especially around tall buildings downtown.
- Securing funding for the study, since using GPS technology to track cycling patterns was an untested concept.
- Consider including non-cyclists among the survey participants, to learn why they do not cycle. What would it take them to get on their bikes?
- Consider recruiting a statistically significant sample, rather than just those who come forward because they are interested.
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Active Transportation Coordinator
City of Winnipeg, MB