Our research guided the HUB Cycling / TransLink project: Benchmarking the State of Cycling in Metro Vancouver. Note Tableau site with interactive maps - under "Bike Network".
New article estimating walking & bicycling in Canada & their fatality rates. It highlights the need for a Canadian household travel survey.
Landscape architecture professional magazine "Landscapes | Paysages" article about how to better design off-street bike paths and multiuse paths.
The Vancouver Bike Route Planner now allows users to select safer bike routes, based on evidence from our cycling safety study: bike lanes physically separated from traffic, off-street bike paths, and residential street bike routes. Thank you Melissa Nunes! Twitter @topophilo
Township of Langley
Canadian Cancer Society
Smart Growth BC
Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation (TCAT)
Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC)
Research Funding Agencies
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)
Transport Canada MOST Program
Simon Fraser University
Suzanne Vander Wekken
University of British Columbia
University of Montreal
University of Toronto
University of Victoria
University of Western Ontario
Barb Boychuk (St. Paul's)
Jeff Brubacher (Vancouver General)
Jan Buchanan (Vancouver General)
Doug Chisholm (St. Michael's)
Nada Elfeki (St. Michael's)
Steven Friedman (University Hospital Network)
Garth Hunte (St. Paul's)
Sean Marshall (St. Michael's)
Graeme Brown (TransLink)
Joan Caravan (Richmond)
Gavin Davidson (TransLink)
Scott Edwards (Vancouver)
Brad Fisher (Surrey)
Michael Grant (TransLink)
Sheila Hartmann (TransLink)
Birk Madsen (Surrey)
Cam Pearce (TransLink)
Peter Stary (Vancouver)
David Tomlinson (Toronto)
Barbara Wentworth (Toronto)
Jack Becker (Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition)
Bonnie Fenton (Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee)
David Hay (Richards Buell Sutton)
Cheeying Ho (Smart Growth BC)
Mary Sherlock (Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee)
Nancy Smith Lea (Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation)
Fred Sztabinski (Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation)
What we do
Cycling in Cities is a research program mainly investigating factors that encourage or discourage cycling, and route designs associated with increased or decreased risks of cycling injuries. Our studies are outlined in the table below and described in more detail throughout the website.
Some of our publications
- Cycling injury rates in Canadian provinces with different helmet laws & mode shares
- Route infrastructure and the risk of injuries to cyclists
- Effects of infrastructure on cycling injury at intersections and non-intersections
- Cycling crash circumstances vary by route type
- Traffic Circles – Impact on motor vehicle, cyclist-MV, & pedestrian-MV crashes with injuries
- Cycling crashes on streetcar (tram) or train tracks - causes and prevention measures
- Injury severity and personal, trip, route and crash characteristics
- The impact of transportation infrastructure on cycling injuries and crashes: A review
- Safe cycling: How do risk perceptions compare with observed risk?
- Personal and trip characteristics associated with safety equipment use by injured adult cyclists
- Is scientific evidence in practice? A review of driver & cyclist education materials with respect to cycling safety evidence
- Route preferences among adults in the near market for cycling
- Motivators and deterrents of cycling: comparing influences on decisions to ride
- Proximity to bikeways & neighbourhood cycling mode share of male & female commuters
- Bike Score® & cycling to work mode share
- Mapping bikeability: A spatial tool to support sustainable travel
- How far out of the way will we travel? Built environment influences on route selection for bike & car travel
- Built environment influences on healthy transportation choices: cycling vs. driving
- Utilitarian cycling: a multilevel analysis of climate and personal influences
- Bike share system impact on population bicycling
- Current, potential, and unlikely users of a bike share program
- Facilitators & barriers to bike share in a city with compulsory helmet legislation
Transportation health & safety
- Exposure-based traffic crash injury rates by mode of travel in British Columbia
- Cycling: Health risk or benefit?
|Goal & progress
|Bicycling Hospitalization Rates in Canadian Jurisdictions
|Analyses examining associations between hospitalization rates and helmet legislation, mode share, sex, age group. Complete, published.
|Understanding a New Bikeshare Program: Motivators, Deterrents & Equity
|Investigated factors influencing uptake of bike share in Vancouver & impact of system on bicycling, using population and member surveys. Papers published.
|Bicyclists' Injuries & the Cycling Environment ("the BICE Study")
|Investigated which transportation infrastructure increases or decreases cycling injury risk. 690 adult participants in Toronto & Vancouver. Papers published.
|Opinion Survey on Cycling Motivators & Deterrents
|Surveyed 1400 Metro Vancouverites about 16 routes types and 73 factors influencing cycling. Results published.
|Tools and Training for Healthy Travel
|Mapping Cycling for Bikeability
|Bikeability index developed and mapped for Metro Vancouver. Results published.
|Cycling, Air Pollution & Health
|Investigated relationship between air pollution and cyclists' health. Results being presented and published.
|Climate & Cycling
|Examined effect of climate, demographics & population on cycling in Canadian cities. Results published.