Census: Montréal lags behind that of the leg in the area of sustainable transport

Photo: Jacques Nadeau Archives The Duty
In Montreal, a 38.1% of the working population uses public transit, carpooling, walking or bicycling to get to work.

Montreal still has a crust to eat in the area of sustainable transport, according to the most recent census data revealed Wednesday. Less of Montrealers used public transit, carpooling, walking or bicycling to get to work compared to Torontonians and Vancouverites, all proportions kept.


Statistics Canada has compared the movement of workers in the three largest cities in the country. The proportion of those who use one of these forms of sustainable transportation to get to work, exceeds one third of the active population in Montreal (38,1 %), but it can’t make up Toronto (42,5 %) or Vancouver (40.6 per cent).


Montrealers are more likely than the Torontonians to ride their bike, but it is in Vancouver that this mode of transport is the most popular. In the three largest cities, the public transportation, however, remains the preferred way of moving of workers, monitoring of car sharing.


Elsewhere in Quebec and Ontario, the metropolitan area of Ottawa-Gatineau has the highest proportion of users of sustainable modes of transport (40 %) while this proportion was the lowest in Saguenay (15.7 per cent). This city displays one of the periods of moving averages by car to the shorter — 17 minutes —, which might explain the bit of enthusiasm for the transit, carpooling, walking or bicycling.


More and more Canadians live in urban areas, which inflated the number of people that need to move in big cities to go to work. They were 11.7 million in 2016 compared to $ 8.6 million, 20 years earlier. The two modes of transport showing the highest growth rates are the bike (87.9 per cent) and public transport (58.7 percent).

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