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Victoria

Hey Victoria, we think you’re on to something!

Victoria is on a journey to becoming one of the best small cities for cycling in the world, and we’re along for the ride.

In Spring 2017, INTERACT launched a five-year study to uncover how the implementation of Victoria’s All Ages and Abilities (AAA) Bike Network is impacting physical activity, social connectedness and well-being. Now into our last year of the study, we can’t wait to find out how changes to the AAA have shifted the way we get around the city – and whether these changes are helping to buffer against some of the negative impacts of health crises like COVID-19 and climate change.  

Whether you cycle once a month or once a day, your experience with the AAA is valuable to our research and helps us to generate the evidence necessary for creating healthier, happier and more resilient cities. Join us for the ride!

Join the ride!

We are recruiting adults who bike in Victoria to help us learn how the AAA Bike Network influences your cycling patterns and engagement in everyday city life. Participating is a rare opportunity to contribute to innovative research that will guide and inspire our cities to be healthier places for all Canadians.

 

Ready for your final lap?

If you participated in the first or second data collection in 2017 and 2019, we want to know how changes in Victoria’s cycling network have impacted you!

Sign in to our questionnaire portal with the email and password you used last time we surveyed you, or reset your password.

What will I do?

As a participant you will be invited to:

  • Complete two online surveys
  • (Optional) Collect locational data through a mobile phone app or wearable device

 

Am I eligible?

You are eligible to participate if:

  • You are age 18 years or older;
  • You ride a bike at least once in a typical month within the City of Victoria; and
  • You currently do not have plans to move away from the Capital Region in the next 2 years.

What are the benefits?

  • Join a national community of scientists, urban planners, and engaged locals with a common interest in creating more liveable cities.
  • Contribute to innovative research that will help cities like Victoria make smart planning decisions that support population health.
  • Receive a small gift card as a token of appreciation for your time in each year of the study.

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of our cohort had heard about the AAA Cycling Network

%

think it’s a very good idea

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of participants bicycle with children

The intervention

The City of Victoria is constructing a 32km All Ages and Abilities (AAA) cycling network and implementing multi-modal transportation upgrades to improve safety for vulnerable road users. Once the network is complete, 95% of the municipality will be within 500m of a AAA cycling route. While such facilities are common in European cycling cities, to date no Canadian city has a protected cycling network serving all areas of the city.  Victoria’s $7.75M commitment to the AAA Cycling Network is an important step in its bold journey to becoming one of the best small cities for cycling in the world.

How did participants respond in 2019?

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.

 

Questions?

Please contact Karen Laberee, INTERACT Victoria Project Coordinator at victoria@teaminteract.ca