Weather Shmether, Canada Bikes Anyhow!
Just a quicky post as I'm off to the Fest-Of-Ale in Penticton in a few hours!! Found this interesting chart on Gordon Price's blog showing bike usage share across North America. The results are suprising!
One of the biggest things you always hear from the anti-bike lane folks is that "nobody will use them because it always rains in Vancouver"... Apparently those folks aren't real Canadians looking at this map of North America and the share of trips done by bike:
Yes, that cold frozen wasteland known as Canada apparently has more trips by bike in several areas than even Oregon, the Wet Coast's cycling mecca!! B.C. definitely isn't too shabby with a round 2% but the real story is the Yukon and Northwest Territories with their huge shares at 2.6% and 2.1% respectively. Wow!!
The full research is posted here: http://policy.rutgers.edu/faculty/pucher/TRA960_01April2011.pdf