Map of the Week: Commuter cycling by census tract
|RENÉ JOHNSTON/TORONTO STAR|
In retrospect, I made a mistake in publishing the latest commuter map when I did, based on postal-area data, when better census-tract level data was about to become available.
In particular, the cyclist map needed another look, in the form of a census-tract-level presentation.
Based on having toiled up the Withrow Park hill many times, I was working on a theory that the escarpments in the west and east ends (north of Davenport and south of the Danforth) might be barriers to commuter cycling, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
Nearly all Toronto's bike-commuter-heavy census tracts are
Topography doesn't seem to have much to do with it.
Eight of the region's top 10 census tracts for commuter cyclists are in a single area of the west end (the other two are the southern fringe of Leslieville and the Islands). Six of these tracts actually form a solid block:
Here is a top 10 list:
|5350002||Ward's and Algonquin Islands||29.10%|
|5350001||Leslieville south of Queen||12.30%|
Outside the pre-1945 city, the only area with noticeable numbers of bike commuters is the former Downsview military base.