Press release

More Winnipeggers Walk or Bike to Work than National Average

June 7, 2016

Two events are celebrating active transportation in Winnipeg this June - the Commuter Challenge takes place June 5-11 as part of Canadian Environment Week, and Bike Week Winnipeg takes place June 18-24.

What does Peg tell us about active transportation trends in Winnipeg compared to the rest of Canada?

Peg tells us…

Between 2001 and 2011, the percentage of Winnipeggers walking or biking to work as their primary mode of transportation has decreased slightly, from 7.9% in 2001 to 7.6% in 2011. The national rate is 7.0%

The facts are:

  • 21.4% of downtown residents walk or bike to work as their primary mode of transportation, compared to 7.6% of Winnipeggers overall.
  • Across Canada, the rates for similarly sized cities include 9.8% in Ottawa, 6.0% in Edmonton, and 7.5% in Saskatoon.


Why does this matter?

  • Active transportation is being increasingly embraced by cities as a transportation mode that provides multiple benefits, including improved citizen health, decreased road damage, better air quality, decreased costs to commuters, increased social interactions and even higher property values (City of Winnipeg, 2011).


  • The active transportation indicator shows the percentage of people who walk or bicycle as their primary mode of transportation to work.
  • This indicator does not take into account individual variation in the mode of transportation taken to work. For example, someone who drives a car to work 60 per cent of the time and bicycles 40 per cent of the time would only be recorded as using a car.
  • This indicator does not count outings not related to work, and does not take into account differences in distance.
  • *More detail and source data for the above facts available at

Source of the data:

  • Peg’s data for the Active Transportation indicator is provided by Statistics Canada.
  • Peg creates short videos to illustrate data in a different way. Here are two stories featuring two Winnipeggers’ transportation choices:

Media inquiries:

For interviews on Peg, the data, or to be connected with organizations making a difference in the community, please contact:

Sumeep Bath, Media and Communications Officer

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

(204) 958-7740 |

About us:

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