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Cycling in Cities is a research program investigating factors that encourage or discourage bicycling, transportation infrastructure associated with increased or decreased risks of cycling injuries, and air pollution and cycling. Our studies are outlined in the table below and described in more detail throughout the website.

The research program is based at the University of British Columbia School of Population & Public Health. It has many partners including researchers from Simon Fraser University, Ryerson University, the Universities of Montreal, Toronto and Victoria, cycling planners, and cycling advocates.

some of our publications

Bicycling Safety Motivating Bicycling Transportation Health & Safety

our studies

study funders Goal & progress
Bicycling Hospitalization Rates in Canadian Jurisdictions
  • no external funding
Analyses examining associations between hospitalization rates and helmet legislation, mode share, sex, age group. Complete, published.
Understanding a New Bikeshare Program: Motivators, Deterrents & Equity
  • CIHR
Investigating factors influencing uptake of bike share in Vancouver. Pre-bikeshare and member surveys complete.
Bicyclists' Injuries & the Cycling Environment ("the BICE Study")
  • Heart & Stroke
  • CIHR
  • Bridge Program
Investigated which transportation infrastructure increases or decreases cycling injury risk. 690 adult participants in Toronto & Vancouver. Papers published. Study starting in 2017 will use the same method to estimate infrastructure risk in injured children in Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary.
Opinion Survey on Cycling Motivators & Deterrents
  • Transport Canada
  • TransLink
  • Metro Vancouver & municipalities
Surveyed 1400 Metro Vancouverites about 16 routes types and 73 factors influencing cycling. Results published.
Tools and Training for Healthy Travel
  • CIHR
  • Developed Bike Score for 10 Canadian cities. Bike Score maps show the bikeability of neighbourhoods in selected cities in Canada and the US.
  • Compared cycling safety evidence to training materials. Report and brochure on evidence review of cycling training materials available.
Mapping Cycling for Bikeability
  • Heart & Stroke
  • CIHR
  • TransLink
Bikeability index developed and mapped for Metro Vancouver. Results  published.
  • Brochure on detouring for cycling facilities
Cycling, Air Pollution & Health
  • Health Canada
Investigated relationship between air pollution and cyclists' health. Results being presented and published.
Climate & Cycling
  • UBC
  • Bridge Program
Examined effect of climate, demographics & population on cycling in Canadian cities. Results published.

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

Faculty of Health Sciences
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive,
Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6, Canada
School of Population and Public Health
University of British Columbia
2206 East Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3, Canada

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