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Pathwatch Surveys


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Pathway surveys, also referred to as Pathwatch surveys, are a regular part of pathway planning and management. Surveys have been conducted in 1994, 2002, 2006 and 2010 to gather information on how Calgarians are using the pathways, what times and locations encounter the most use and what suggestions citizens have for improvement.

Previous Pathwatch survey results

Among its many findings, the 2002 pathwatch survey determined that there was a 55 percent increase in pathway usage between 1994 and 2002. On average, 119 people used Calgary’s pathways per hour. The survey also found that 61 percent of wheeled users wore helmets, and usage of Eau Claire pathways had increased by 265 percent since 1994.

The 2006 Pa​thwatch survey found that overall winter pathway users have increased by 310 percent per hour since 1999. The number of walkers and runners on the pathways had increased, but the amount of cyclers in winter had decreased.

The 2010 Pathwatch survey results are now available:

Calgary's pathway system continues to be highly valued and used by Calgarians, with 89 percent of Calgarians using the pathway system to some capacity. Although most Calgarians feel safe using the pathways, there are things we can do to increase safety:

  • Respect the 20 km/hour speed limit.
  • Keep to the right-hand side of the pathway
  • Wear a helmet.
  • Keep dogs on a short leash.
  • Teach your children pathway etiquette.
  • Be respectful and aware of other users.

Visit bylaws related to parks and pathways for additional safety tips.

How Pathwatch results are used

In coordination with the Pathway Safety Review, Transportation Planning is developing a Cycling strategy to provide to Council in May 2011. As directed by City Council, the strategy will lay out actions and targets for the short, medium and long term, and put us well on our way to creating a place where cycling can be a choice for more Calgarians.

The Cycling strategy includes a separate telephone and online survey, analysis of current and future demand and best practices research from other cities.