Congratulations! Several B.C. communities and regions are among the Canada and North American leaders in cycling to work.
According to the recently released 2011 Census results, Metro Victoria leads Canada with 5.9% of commuters cycling to work up from from 5.6% in 2006. In the City of Victoria, an impressive 10.6% of workers arrived by bike. Metro Kelowna came in second at 2.6% up from 2.1% in 2006.
Bicycle commuting in the City of Vancouver increased from 3.7% in 2006 to 4.4%. Vancouver remains number two in North America among cities with more than 500,000 people after Portland where 6.3% bike commute. There was also a significant increase in cycling commuting in North Vancouver with 2.2% of people cycling to work in 2011. In Metro Vancouver, the increase was from 1.7% to 1.8%, good enough to lead North American large metropolitan areas.
Overall, in British Columbia riding a bike to work was 2.1%m up from 2.0%. The results from Victoria, Kelowna and Vancouver show that people will cycle to work when governments invest in safe comfortable cycling facilities. The BCCC and our member organizations encourages the Province to working with municipalities to increase investments in cycling as recommended in our Cycling Strategy so that communities around B.C. can continue to increase the number of people cycling to work.
Census results for other cities in BC and Canada can be found at: http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/as-sa/fogs-spg/Pages/CSDSelector.cfm?lang=E&level=4#PR59
Results for other metropolitan areas can be found at: