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?

 In 2017, INTERACT launched a five-year study to uncover how the implementation of all these changes 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 Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, in collaboration with partners and scientists across Canada.


Thank you, Vancouver!

Recruitment for Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway is closed for now. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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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.


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

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.


Please contact us at vancouver@teaminteract.ca.