There is an old saying that the bicycle is a simple solution to some of society’s most complicated problems.
As world leaders look for ways to address the dual crises of climate change and COVID-19, the expansion of cycling and walking networks has emerged as a viable urban solution that can help all of us feel healthy and socially connected while staying safely apart and out of our cars.
But while a lot of time and money is spent designing and building sustainable urban infrastructure, we actually know very little about how these investments impact health and wellbeing at a local level – including who benefits and how.
A Canadian research group is attempting to answer these questions, and they need your help. INTERACT is a national collaboration of scientists, public health experts and urban planners that is using big data to uncover whether the design of our cities can make us healthier and happier. Since its launch in 2018, INTERACT has been engaging with thousands of Canadians across four cities to evaluate the health impacts of real-world urban design interventions that represent an investment of more than $225 million.
In Vancouver, the team is looking at how developments like the Arbutus Greenway can influence public health and wellbeing, and right now they are actively recruiting participants. If you live in Kitsilano, then INTERACT wants to hear from you!
Research activities are all done with the ease of a computer or mobile device, and participants will be entered to win one of ten $50 VISA gift cards. To learn more about our study and how you can help to advance science on healthy urban development in Vancouver and beyond, visit www.teaminteract.ca/vancouver.
Last modified: August 28, 2020