Saskatoon

Can Saskatoon’s new BRT make our city healthier and happier?

INTERACT has launched a five-year study to uncover how the implementation of proposed changes to Saskatoon’s Transit Network might impact physical activity, social participation, and well-being—and whether these impacts would be felt equally across different socioeconomic groups. This study is led by INTERACT researchers at the University of Saskatchewan, in collaboration with partners and scientists across Canada. Join us!

Join our study, Saskatoon!

Will the proposed enhanced bus system in Saskatoon influence residents activity, well-being, and social interactions? Will it make the city a happier and healthier place to be? We’re uniting hundreds of people from Saskatoon to find out.

Ready for round 2?

If you participated in the first wave of data collection in 2018, we want to know how changes in your neighbourhood and travel patterns have impacted you!

Sign in to our questionnaire portal with the email and password you used in 2018. 

What will participants do?

Participants are invited to:

  • Complete two online surveys.
  • Collect sensor and locational data through your mobile phone or other wearable device.

Data collection will take place three times over the next five years, once in the Fall/Winter 2018, then again in 2020 and 2022.  

What are the benefits ?

  • Join a national community of scientists, urban planners, public health experts, and engaged citizens with a common interest in designing healthier cities for all.
  • Contribute to innovative research that will help Saskatoon and other cities make smart planning decisions to support population health for generations to come.
  • Participate through the ease of your computer and mobile phone, or with devices we provide.
  • Receive a $10 gift card for participating!
  • Chances to win great prizes for participating!

 

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have heard about the BRT corridors in Saskatoon

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enjoy using public transit in Saskatoon

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would be much more likely to take the bus if the bus ran every 10 minutes

The intervention

Bus Rapid Transit Saskatoona $66M investment in a 22 km Saskatoon BRT system along three major roadways. BRT is an enhanced bus system, operating on bus lanes or other transit ways to combine the flexibility of buses with the efficiency of rail. BRT is now in twenty cities in North America. A functional plan for the system was approved by City Council in April 2019.

Learn more about Saskatoon’s proposed transit network redesign.

How did participants respond?

The health questionnaire focuses on lifestyle, health, transportation habits and the perception of change in the neighbourhood. VERITAS is a map-based questionnaire which allows respondents to indicate where and with whom they do certain activities.

 See all results for Saskatoon

Questions?

Please contact Sylvana Tu (INTERACT Saskatoon Project Coordinator) at306-966-2250 or saskatoon@teaminteract.ca.