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Commuting Patterns and Places of Work of Canadians, 2006 Census: National, provincial and territorial portraits

Commuting patterns

A lower proportion of Canadians are walking, and a slightly higher proportion are cycling

In May 2006, 939,300 workers were walking to work. They represented 6.4% of workers in 2006, down slightly from 6.6% in 2001.

Despite a slight increase in the use of bicycles to get to work, the proportion of cyclists was small. Only 1.3% of workers bicycled in 2006, compared to 1.2% in 2001 and 1.1% in 1996. However, bicycling appears to have gained popularity among commuters aged 45 to 54. About 1.0% of commuters in this age group bicycled to work in 2006, double the proportion of 0.5% in 1996.

Table 3c
Proportion of workers walking, cycling or using another mode of transportation to get to work and age groups, Canada, provinces and territories, 1996, 2001 and 2006

Younger workers were still most likely to cycle to work. In 2006, 3.3% of men between 15 and 24 years of age, and 1.3% of women in this age group rode their bicycle to work.

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