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Vancouver

Recruitment in progress

Your city and your health are more connected than you think.

Vancouver is undergoing major changes, from a rapidly expanding cycling network to the development of urban greenways, slow streets and vibrant pop-up plazas. How will these types of changes impact you and future generations? Are they making our city a happier and healthier place to be, and if so, for whom?

We’re looking for answers and we need your help. Your experiences in the city can provide valuable information to decision makers about how we should be designing great places for people in Vancouver. Join our study and be part of the conversation.

I am new to the study

Join in and be part of a pan-Canadian community of people-driven data.

I am an INTERACT participant

If you participated in 2018, we want to know what’s changed! Sign in to our questionnaire portal with the email and password you used in 2018. 

Why should I join?

  • Choose from a selection of flexible and online participation options.
  • Join a 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 Vancouver and other cities make smart planning decisions to support population health for generations to come.
  • By joining, you will automatically be entered to win:

What will I do?

  • Complete two online surveys. If you need help, or don’t have access to a computer, our team can assist you over the phone. Call us! 
  • (Optional)
    Share travel and physical activity data through your mobile phone or other wearable device. This part is totally optional. There’s no data plan required, and if you don’t have a smartphone, we can equip you with a device.
  • Be entered to win great prizes! You will automatically be entered into a draw to win a prize.  
  • Keep in touch! There are three waves of data collection, once in 2018, and again in 2020 and 2022. New participants may join at any wave.

Questions?

Please contact Courtney Ross (INTERACT Vancouver Project Coordinator) at 672-999-7433 or by email at vancouver@teaminteract.ca.

The intervention

The Arbutus Greenway is a continuous walking and cycling corridor that will connect four distinct Vancouver neighbourhoods. The 9 km rail corridor was purchased by the City of Vancouver for $55M in 2016. Temporary path construction is ongoing from spring 2017. The final design (based on extensive community consultation), will be presented to City Council in spring 2018, with final phased-construction to start in 2019.

Learn more about the Arbutus Greenway.

How did participants respond two years ago?

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.

%

get to the Arbutus Greenway on foot

%

use the Greenway more in 2018, compared to 2017

%

think the Arbutus Greenway is a very good idea

Questions?

Please contact us at vancouver@teaminteract.ca.