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Every year in May, The City conducts the Central Business District (CBD) cordon count. The cordon count is performed at about 30 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.
These tables show cordon count for the last three years and provide a detailed breakdown of how people travelled into and out of the Central Business District. Learn more about the cordon count.