A favourite topic of mine on this site has been discussing my observations on bike commuting, relative levels, and the change in rates over the season. This year I have seen a lot of bikes, and my impression was a lot of bikes right through the month of November.
For the first time, I actually have numbers to back this up! There is a guy I talk to on the seabus regularly, who is very active in bike advocacy and lobbying through the city, who has access to the numbers the city has been generating.
According to him, in the month of November the city counted 570 bikes an hour on Ontario street (the busiest bike route). This represents a 30% drop from the summer, which in my opinion is pretty good — a lot smaller drop than I would have expected!
That works out to 10 bikes a minute during rush hour. No wonder I’ve been seeing ‘bike jams’