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SURVEY BEING CONDUCTED - The Cycling Association of Yukon is holding an online survey until Dec. 15 to help in its curation of a 10-year plan for cycling in the territory.

Survey created to gauge cycling community

Led by the Cycling Association of Yukon, a survey was created to better cycling in the territory for everyone.

By John Tonin on November 12, 2020

Led by the Cycling Association of Yukon, a survey was created to better cycling in the territory for everyone. To do so, the association wants to understand who people are and why they ride a bicycle.

The information provided in the survey, which can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020-yukon-cycling, will be used to create a 10-year plan for Yukon cycling.

Although led by the Cycling Association of Yukon, the survey was developed by Yukon cycling clubs, businesses and organizations.

Association president Geof Harries said the territory is at a notable point in its cycling history, where, for many different reasons, more people are riding bikes in the Yukon than ever before.

"The pandemic really impacted cycling in a good way," said Harries. "People began pulling their bikes out of the shed and you could see more people on the trails."

Harries said the survey is for everyone who uses a bike in some capacity, whether they cycle for sport, commuting, or for leisure.

"It's not only for people who race, it's for anyone with a bike," said Harries. "The goal is to get about 1,000 people to respond. It's been out since Monday (Nov. 2) and we have about 200 responses. We would love to reach more people."

Harries said the cycling association spent the summer speaking with the territory's bike shops and said they were selling out of bikes and bikes on the used market were gone in seconds.

Jonah Clark, owner of Icycle Sports, said lots of people were purchasing bikes.

"We've seen a historic increase in demand," said Clark. "That's like every bike shop across Canada and North America as I've been reading in industry news."

Clark said it will be hard to predict what will happen with cycling down the road even though there has been an uptick of people taking up the sport. Still, he is planning around increases in services.

As an avid cyclist himself, Clark said it is great to see more people choosing cycling as alternative transportation.

"It seems like more people are using bikes in North America and the perception around cycling is changing," said Clark. "Cycling is for all walks of life and it will be cool to see the difference it can make when given more legitimacy."

The survey closes on Dec. 15, and Clark said he's looking forward to reading through the responses.

"It is a broad-based activity for everyone," said Clark. "I'm always in support of that passion. It will be interesting to see the results of the survey."

Dean Eyre, owner of Cadence Cycle, agreed as well that his business saw an increase in sales.

"Off the clock; it was our biggest year," said Eyre. "And that is industry-wide seeing a huge uptick. We have no inventory and people are trying to get fat bikes.

"It will be interesting to see what the used market looks like."

Eyre, who said cycling is the best way to get around, the best sport, said it is always good to take the pulse of what the community is after.

He hopes that the survey will help push for more bike-friendly infrastructure throughout the territory.

"I'm interested in people commuting," said Eyre. "Infrastructure hasn't kept up, and there are significant gaps. It can be difficult to ride downtown and that needs to be fixed.

"The part I'm most interested in is where the survey can be leveraged. Data is always useful to have."

It is not just bike shops that have seen an increase in patrons. The Yukon's bike clubs have also seen an increase in membership.

Trena Irving, the coach of U Kon Echelon, said the club saw more cyclists competing in their events than in any other year.

"The higher numbers you can attribute to other sports not having the accessibility that cycling has," said Irving. "It was easy to do programming because it is all outside.

"We tried to put on more local events. We saw more participation because I think people appreciated having them even if cycling is not their main sport."

Irving believes the survey is a great idea and hopes for a wide-spread response from across the territory.

"It is for sure exciting," said Irving. "It's a way to see what people, who aren't cycling in a formal way, want. Collaboration with the community is always great.

"I also hope for responses from the communities as well. It is important to collaborate with all the communities, to get responses from them to see what they want and hopefully we can support that."

The information provided in the survey is anonymous and confidential. It will be used for the administration and creation of the 10-year strategic plan.

The results and sharing of the final report will be published in early 2021.

Comments (2)

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kennetrh de la barre on Nov 18, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Tried several times to do survey. Did not work. Ran out of time for this kind of exercise! Interested in receiving final report though!!

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peter lee heebink on Nov 12, 2020 at 4:45 pm

I completed the survey. Two glaring omissions...multi day trips in the Yukon.
example--fat bike trip to Tagish to Atlin. Whitehorse to Dawson.
Under bike events, no mention of Southern Lakes Yukon GranFondo.

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