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Central Business District Cordon Count

Every year in May, The City conducts the Central Business District (CBD) cordon count. The cordon count is perfo​rmed at about 31 locations around the CBD over a three-week time period, collecting data on how people travel into and out of downtown Calgary.

The CBD cordon circles the downtown with the Bow River to the north and the railway tracks to the south and from 11 Street in the west to the Elbow River in the east.

One to four data collectors count each location per eight hour shift, so one to four locations are counted per day. Data collectors are positioned at each cordon crossing location from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. They count every single person entering or exiting the downtown and how they were travelling; whether on foot, by bicycle, on a C-Train or bus, as a passenger in a car or as the driver of car.

As each location is counted on only one day it may not be appropriate to compare one year to the next at any given location, as weather impacts the number of pedestrians and cyclists. Since it takes three weeks to count the entire cordon, it is possible to compare the overall CBD cordon count year to year because the weather averages out. This allows The City to get an idea of the changes in downtown travel activity.

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Calgary Downtown Cordon Activity Modal Split

Modal split table displays the proportion of persons entering and exiting the central business district by automobile (drivers and passengers), transit (CT and other), walking, and cycling. Data was collected in May 2018 and excludes persons travelling via truck. AM peak is from 07:30-08:30, PM peak is from 16:30-17:30, and 16 hours is from 6:00-22:00. Totals are rounded to the nearest 1000.

Information contained herein is intended, designed, and collected for specific municipal purposes and may not be suitable for other applications. The City of Calgary accepts no responsibility or liability which may arise from any incorrect or incomplete data or results, or for any improper or inappropriate use or interpretation made by any person.

These tables show cordon count for the last few years and provide a detailed breakdown of how people travelled into and out of the Central Business District.

To explore our data sets in more detail, visit The City's Open Data Portal.

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2018 Modal Split

​Modes ​AM Peak (7:30-8:30 a.m.) – Inbound ​AM Peak (7:30-8:30 a.m.) – Outbound ​PM Peak (4:30-5:30 p.m.) – Inbound ​PM Peak (4:30-5:30 p.m.) – Outbound ​16 Hour (6 a.m. - 10 p.m.) – Inbound ​16 Hour (6 a.m. - 10 p.m.) – Outbound
Automobile ​43.5% ​53.7% ​53.4% ​42.8% ​53.9% ​55%
​Transit ​44.7% ​35.2% ​32.2% ​43.7% ​33.5% ​32.2%
Pedestrian ​8.2% ​9.3% ​11.5% ​9.5% ​9.9% ​10.2%
​Bicycle ​3.7% ​1.8% ​2.9% ​4% ​2.7% ​2.6%
​Total ​51,000 ​18,000 ​23,000 ​53,000 ​343,000 ​342,000

See a more detailed breakdown and map information of how and when people are travelling through the downtown area on our 2018 open data page.


2017 Modal Split

​Modes ​AM Peak (7:15-8:15 a.m.) – Inbound ​AM Peak (7:15-8:15 a.m.) – Outbound ​PM Peak (4:15-5:15 p.m.) – Inbound ​PM Peak (4:15-5:15 p.m.) – Outbound ​16 Hour Inbound ​16 Hour Outbound
Automobile ​46.2% ​60.2% ​53.4% ​44.1% 56.2% ​56.6%
​Transit ​40.6% ​26.8% ​32.7% ​42.2% ​30.2% ​29.6%
Pedestrian ​9.4% ​10.9% ​11.6% 9.8% ​11% ​11.2%
​Bicycle ​3.8% 2.1% ​2.3% ​3.9% ​2.7% ​2.7%
​Total ​46,000 ​16,000 ​24,000 ​50,000 ​327,000 ​328,000

See a more detailed breakdown and map information of how and when people are travelling through the downtown area in 2017 on our open data page.


2016 Modal Split

​Modes ​AM Peak (7:30-8:30 a.m.) – Inbound ​AM Peak (7:30-8:30 a.m.) – Outbound ​PM Peak (4:15-5:15 p.m.) – Inbound ​PM Peak (4:15-5:15 p.m.) – Outbound ​16 Hour Inbound ​16 Hour Outbound
Automobile ​42% ​56.7% 54.1​% ​42.3% 55.2% ​55.1%
​Transit ​47.1% 30.5% 32.6% 45.3% ​32.3% ​31.8%
Pedestrian ​7.8% ​10.8% ​11.1% 9% ​10.1% ​10.6%
​Bicycle ​3.1% 2% ​2.2% ​3.4% ​2.4% ​2.5%
​Total ​54,000 ​17,000 ​25,000 ​57,000 ​355,000 ​351,000

See a more detailed breakdown and map information of how and when people are travelling through the downtown area in 2016 on our open data page.


2015 Modal Split

​Modes ​AM Peak (7:30-8:30 a.m.) – Inbound ​AM Peak (7:30-8:30 a.m.) – Outbound ​PM Peak (4:30-5:30 p.m.) – Inbound ​PM Peak (4:30-5:30 p.m.) – Outbound ​16 Hour Inbound ​16 Hour Outbound
Automobile ​41% ​56.4% 53.6​% 39.1% 55% ​54.1%
​Transit ​47.9% 31.1% 32% 48.6% ​33.5% ​34.1%
Pedestrian ​8.7% ​11.4% ​12.7% 9.4% ​9.7% ​10%
​Bicycle ​2.4% 1.1% ​1.7% ​2.8% ​1.8% ​1.8%
​Total ​56,000 ​18,000 ​23,000 ​59,000 ​345,000 ​346,000

See a more detailed breakdown and map information of how and when people are travelling through the downtown area in 2015 on our open data page.


2014 Modal Split

​Modes ​AM Peak (7:15-8:15 a.m.) – Inbound ​AM Peak (7:15-8:15 a.m.) – Outbound ​PM Peak (4:30-5:30 p.m.) – Inbound ​PM Peak (4:30-5:30 p.m.) – Outbound ​16 Hour Inbound ​16 Hour Outbound
Automobile ​39.3% ​54.8% 53.3​% 38.1% 53.6% ​52.7%
​Transit ​50.1% 33.2% 33.9% 50% ​35.5% ​36%
Pedestrian ​8.1% ​10.7% ​11.2% 9.1% ​9.2% ​9.6%
​Bicycle ​2.5% 1.3% ​1.6% ​2.8% ​1.7% ​1.7%
​Total ​61,000 ​18,000 ​23,000 ​58,000 ​361,000 ​361,000

See a more detailed breakdown and map information of how and when people are travelling through the downtown area in 2014 on our open data page.


2013 Modal Split

​Modes ​AM Peak (7:15-8:15 a.m.) – Inbound ​AM Peak (7:15-8:15 a.m.) – Outbound ​PM Peak (4:45-5:45 p.m.) – Inbound ​PM Peak (4:45-5:45 p.m.) – Outbound ​16 Hour Inbound ​16 Hour Outbound
Automobile ​39% ​55.3% 55.4% 42.6% 54.4% ​54.6%
​Transit ​50.1% 33.6% 35.4% 45.4% ​35.3% ​35%
Pedestrian ​8.5% ​9.9% 7.9% 9.2% ​8.6% ​8.8%
​Bicycle ​2.5% 1.2% ​1.3% ​2.8% ​1.6% ​1.6%
​Total ​64,000 ​17,000 ​23,000 ​56,000 ​353,000 ​354,000

See a more detailed breakdown and map information of how and when people are travelling through the downtown area in 2013 on our open data page.


2012 Modal Split

​Modes ​AM Peak (7:15-8:15 a.m.) – Inbound ​AM Peak (7:15-8:15 a.m.) – Outbound ​PM Peak (4:30-5:30 p.m.) – Inbound ​PM Peak (4:30-5:30 p.m.) – Outbound ​16 Hour Inbound ​16 Hour Outbound
Automobile ​41.5% ​55.8% 55.8​% 39.6% 56.1% ​54.6%
​Transit 48.4% 33.6% 31.8% 48.2% ​32.7% ​33.6%
Pedestrian ​7.9% ​9.5% ​10.8% 9.5% ​9.5% ​10%
​Bicycle ​2.2% 1.1% ​1.5% ​2.7% ​1.7% ​1.8%
​Total ​61,000 ​16,000 ​21,000 ​58,000 ​342,000 ​341,000

See a more detailed breakdown and map information of how and when people are travelling through the downtown area in 2012 on our open data page.