We examined the activity levels
on a sample of FullCircles and
Freecycle groups across Canada
and one of the older, larger
American groups to see if we
could identify any trends.
The first location we looked at was
Activity levels are declining in Ottawa
since the peak year, 2006
Com bined Ottaw FullCircles AND Ottaw Freecycle
Activity. In 2009, even combined, the tw groups have
only generated 74% of the traffic of the peak levels of
Ottawa, Canada - 2004 to 2009
Same trend in Edmonton. Activity levels are declining despite
Combined membership of Edmonton Earthcycle and Edmonton
Freecycle is 19,930 as at June 30, 2009.
Edm onton Earthcycle and Edm onton Freecycle (created
in 2007). In 2009, combined, they generate only 64% of
the peak levels of 2005.
Edmonton Earthcycle and Edmonton Freecycle
London FullCircles and London Freecycle. Com bined,
they generate 79% of the levels of 2006, the peak year
London Ontario FullCircles & Freecycle
We also looked at one large group in the USA, the Portland,
At 36,000+ members, it is one of the largest groups in the
Here are the results.
Portland Freecycle--despite grow to 36,000+
m bers--has declining activity levels. 2009 is at just
58% of the peak levels of 2004, even m dram
ore atic than
the Canadian groups.
Portland, Oregon Freecycle
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