The Health & Community Design Lab is Leading Impactful Research in Vancouver Communities

UBC’s Health & Community Design Lab conducts leading research on the interaction between land use, travel behaviour, air quality, and health. Recent research projects are shaping the way we understand the health of Metro Vancouver communities, as well as broader global regions.

The Broadway Corridor Literature Review of Pre-Post Rail Studies will provide groundwork for conducting a study to evaluate the effects of light rail investment along Vancouver’s Broadway Corridor, a much needed rapid transit relief system currently underway in the city.

Also in Vancouver, the COMOX project evaluates the travel, health, and social activity impacts of the City of Vancouver’s Comox-Helmcken Greenway Improvements in the downtown core. The study employed a quasi-experimental research design, allowing the study to evaluate changes before and after an intervention (construction of the Greenway) in comparison to a control group that did not receive the intervention. Early results indicate a 16% increase in the number of people undertaking moderate physical activity; a 9.8% decrease in the number of days of poor mental and physical health reported; a 49% increase in cycling trips; and, a 35% decrease in the number of auto trips in the study area. These findings help pave the way towards further investments in sustainable active transportation options for Vancouverites.

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