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.

We’ve recruited a cohort of 400 adults in Saskatoon to help us learn how the proposed enhanced bus system would influence residents activity, well-being, and social interactions.

Thank you, Saskatoon!

Recruitment to the first wave of data collection is closed.

Whether or not you participated in this wave, you can follow along with our progress by joining our newsletter!

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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

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 to McNally Robinson for participating!
  • Chances to win great prizes for participating!

 

What if I missed out on registering?

  • No problem! You can still follow along with our progress and the study results by joining our mailing list

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.