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View Poll Results: Which cities do you prefer & seem more interesting?
Canadian cities 54 48.21%
Nordic cities 58 51.79%
Voters: 112. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-27-2014, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Finland
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Calgary is very "bikable "

"There are approximately 550 kilometres of pathways and 260 kilometres of on-street bicycle routes within Calgary, not including the pathways in Fish Creek Provincial Park. The recreational and commuting opportunities are endless."

The City of Calgary - Pathway and Bikeway Plan
That's a start, but... Calgary's land area is 825 km2. Helsinki's land area is 214 km2, and has over 1200 kilometres of bikeways. There's a difference between bikable and "bikable". Calgary is still very car-centric. Quickly looked at the 4th and 5th Avenues. Both have 5 lanes in one direction. That tells a lot.

Copenhagen has as its aim that 50% of all commuting within city limits will be done by bike in 2015. What's the situation in Winnipeg?
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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That's a start, but... Calgary's land area is 825 km2. Helsinki's land area is 214 km2, and has over 1200 kilometres of bikeways. There's a difference between bikable and "bikable". Calgary is still very car-centric. Quickly looked at the 4th and 5th Avenues. Both have 5 lanes in one direction. That tells a lot.

Copenhagen has as its aim that 50% of all commuting within city limits will be done by bike in 2015. What's the situation in Winnipeg?

The highest bike commuting percentage in Canada is Victoria BC at 6%. All other cities are under 3%. Victoria of course pretty much has the mildest and most snow-free winters in the country.
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Old 08-27-2014, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Finland
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The highest bike commuting percentage in Canada is Victoria BC at 6%. All other cities are under 3%. Victoria of course pretty much has the mildest and most snow-free winters in the country.
It's "only" 15% in Helsinki, but public transport takes a big chunk of it with 48%, leaving only around 35% with cars.
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Old 08-27-2014, 02:16 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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I prefer the layout and infrastructure of Canadian cities.
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Old 08-27-2014, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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It's "only" 15% in Helsinki, but public transport takes a big chunk of it with 48%, leaving only around 35% with cars.
Our best for public transit are Montreal and Toronto at about 35% each.

Vancouver and Ottawa are around 20-25%.

Calgary is a few points below 20%.
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Old 08-27-2014, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Sweden
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I'm not a fan of skyscraper cluster either, I voted for Nordic large cities. If it was just Montreal, I would of voted for Canada ...

Also, why the hell is Malmö on this list :/
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Location: New York / Long Island, NY
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I prefer the layout and infrastructure of Canadian cities.
I prefer the layout and infrastructure of Nordic cities. Though I'd need to give them a real visit to have full confidence.
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Old 08-27-2014, 04:43 PM
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Location: New York / Long Island, NY
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That's a start, but... Calgary's land area is 825 km2. Helsinki's land area is 214 km2, and has over 1200 kilometres of bikeways. There's a difference between bikable and "bikable". Calgary is still very car-centric. Quickly looked at the 4th and 5th Avenues. Both have 5 lanes in one direction. That tells a lot.

Copenhagen has as its aim that 50% of all commuting within city limits will be done by bike in 2015. What's the situation in Winnipeg?
Sometimes comparisons can be difficult when looking at city limits. Almost all of the suburbs are within Calgary's city limits. While much of the lower density communities of the Helenski region are outside the city limits. Ditto with Vancouver. This is a fair comparison:

Table 1.a Proportion of workers commuting to work by car, truck or van, by public transit, on foot, or by bicycle, census metropolitan areas, 2011

Calgary has a higher than average public transit rate for North American cities. It's not that dense, even for North American cities. However, much (maybe most) of the office jobs are downtown and parking is expensive. Transit is mainly used as a commuter system to get downtown. It would be harder to live without a car for anything else compared to say, Boston and probably even most of Vancouver.
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Old 08-27-2014, 04:45 PM
 
Location: The land where God created :)
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I'm not a fan of skyscraper cluster either, I voted for Nordic large cities. If it was just Montreal, I would of voted for Canada ...

Also, why the hell is Malmö on this list :/
Why have you been to Montreal?

Malmö is the 3rd largest city in Sweden...
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Location: New York / Long Island, NY
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Some photos of Vancouver:





across the harbor:



from a neighborhood just to the south of downtown:



Beach is popular, but no one is in the water:

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