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Old Posted Aug 6, 2012, 2:53 AM
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Transit/walk/bike commute mode share for selected Canadian/American cities/metros

Here are city proper numbers for transit, walk, and bike commute mode shares by city limits. The U.S. numbers are from the 2010 census. The Canadian numbers are from the 2006, as the 2011 census numbers aren't out yet. The Canadian walk/bike numbers are walk and bike shares combined, as the StatCan website doesn't separate them. These are sorted by transit mode share. Note though that amongst these cities, Victoria is far and away the walk/bike capital, with a staggering 32.9% of workers commuting to work by foot or bicycle. The city's compact size, moderate climate, and narrow, pedestrian-friendly streets obviously contribute to that number.

Later I will do metro area numbers for all the same cities.


CITY PROPER, SORTED BY TRANSIT SHARE:




CITY PROPER, SORTED BY COMBINED WALK-BIKE SHARE:




METRO AREAS, SORTED BY TRANSIT SHARE:




METRO AREAS, SORTED BY COMBINED WALK-BIKE SHARE:


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Is the bike % correct for Phoenix? 5.8%? It's the new Portland.
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Surprises: Salt Lake City has nearly the walk share of Chicago. Chicago, meanwhile, has the same as Minneapolis and Buffalo (cold, snowy cities with similar density/land-use).

I figured SLC would have the mega-Euclidean zoning of Phoenix or Sacramento where most of the city has not a shred of walkability, but I guess SLC is more like Denver than I realized.
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Surprises: Salt Lake City has nearly the walk share of Chicago.
Bear in mind, this is just by city proper. Not only that, but this is by people living in the city. The percentages by people working in the city would be different (though I don't know where to find such data).

Metro numbers are much more useful. I'm going to do the metro numbers for all these cities eventually. This took a lot of time though, and I don't feel like doing it now.

Oops, Phoenix is 0.6%, not 5.8%. I got a decimal place wrong there. Fixed it now.
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Yes, the number of residents in the SLC city proper is tiny, something like 190k if I remember correctly.
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I've added metro numbers to the initial post, sorted by both transit and walk-bike share.
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You really should have 1 decimal place for all numbers. For example, Washington and Winnipeg transit% should be 14.0 and 13.0 respectively, and not 14 and 13.
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You really should have 1 decimal place for all numbers. For example, Washington and Winnipeg transit% should be 14.0 and 13.0 respectively, and not 14 and 13.
I am rounding to one decimal place for all numbers (I'm not rounding to the nearest whole number anywhere). That's just the way Excel formats it if you have "x.0". I'm sure there's a way to change it, but I'm not very proficient with Excel.

This was a lot of work. I hope someone finds it useful or interesting.

I just noticed that I forgot the full metro area name on a couple places. For example "Seattle" should be "Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue". Oh well. Not gonna fix it now. They are MSAs across the board for the USA.
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Do you have data for New Orleans? I've heard some blustery claims about the city's bike mode share.
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This is where my American data is from:

http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/...html?refresh=t

I used form "B08006". If you start typing "transportation" in the "narrow your search" box it should come up. You can then narrow it down by geography (or multiple geographies) by click the box on the left of the screen.

For N.O. it shows a city bike commute share of 1.8%, and a metro bike commute share of 0.7%.
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Do you have data for New Orleans? I've heard some blustery claims about the city's bike mode share.
Anecdotally, every time I'm in NewOrleans it seems like I see more and more bikes. Saw more bikes on Chartres in Bywater than cars.
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Yeah Chartres is the hipster highway these days. Mode share is not as high as I've heard some people claim, but I'm glad to see positive growth and (finally!) some basic street repaving to encourage others.
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It'll be interesting to see how Toronto's number change when the 2011 census data is released given the huge condo boom downtown since 2006.
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CITY PROPER, SORTED BY COMBINED TRANSIT-WALK-BIKE SHARE:




METRO AREAS, SORTED BY COMBINED TRANSIT-WALK-BIKE SHARE:


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^ Looks like there's an error on your "City Proper" list. The total for Portland should be 23.4 instead of 33.4 if I'm correctly understanding how your chart is set up.
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Oops. Thanks. Ill fix that.
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^ Looks like there's an error on your "City Proper" list. The total for Portland should be 23.4 instead of 33.4 if I'm correctly understanding how your chart is set up.
I think there is more than one mistake in that.
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