After surveying 22,000 Metro Vancouver households on their transportation use, TransLink found out some interesting facts about people's daily commuting habits, part of its 2011 Trip Diary survey.

People are taking more trips in a day, and, though cars still account for the majority of travel options, more and more people are choosing transit and cycling to get around.

People in Metro Vancouver are taking more trips in a day and are more often choosing transit and cycling, say TransLink 2011 Trip Diary survey results

Here are some statistics on regional travel from the 2011 Trip Diary survey:

  • Transit use as a proportion of all trips increased to 14 per cent in 2011 from 13 per cent in 2008—there was a 17 per cent increase in the total number of trips taken on transit. While transit mode share is 14 per cent, the survey found that 19 per cent of people used transit on any one day and 52 per cent used transit in the past month.

  • Cycling trips accounted for 1.8 per cent of all trips—its highest region-wide mode share yet, and a 26 per cent increase since 2008.

  • Trips taken by walking stayed at 11 per cent.

  • The share of people using cars for their trips is down from 2008, but cars still account for the majority of trips: 57 per cent by drivers and 16 per cent by passengers (from 58 per cent and 17 per cent respectively). Demand for transportation continues to grow - there are more people making trips and individuals are making slightly more trips.

  • A total of 6.1 million trips were taken on a typical fall weekday last year—5.9 per cent more than in 2008, slightly higher than the increase in the region’s population (5.8 per cent) over that time.

  • People are making more trips per day—2.77 trips, versus 2.70 in 2008.