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Victoria boasts most bike commuters in Canada

Victoria had the most active commuters -- those who bike or walk to work -- per capita of any city in Canada in 2011, according to a Statistics Canada survey released today.

B.C.'s capital had one commuter in six who either walked (10 per cent) or biked (5.8 per cent). In Vancouver, 6.3 per cent of those surveyed walked to work and only 1.8 per cent biked to work.

According to the survey, Kelowna had more bike commuters per capita -- 2.6 per cent -- than Vancouver in 2011.

Vancouver did have the highest percentage of public transit commuters per capita in the province: 19.7 per cent, falling slightly behind the cities of Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.

The commuting data was compiled as part of the Statistics Canada's 2011 National Household Survey.

Nation-wide, almost three-quarters of commuters, or 11.4 million workers, drove to work. The number of transit riders in 2011 was 12 per cent: up from 11 per cent in the 2006 census.

Colleen Kimmett reports for The Tyee.

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