Rebecca Mayers


Rebecca Mayers

PhD Student, MA | Research Assistant




Rebecca Mayers is a PhD student at the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) at the University of British Columbia. She received her Master’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Business from the University of Waterloo. Her master’s thesis titled “Whose Lane is it Anyway? The Experience of Cycling in a Mid-sized City” exposed how seemingly “bicycle-friendly” infrastructure disadvantaged urban cyclists and further privileged car culture. Ultimately, Rebecca’s goal is to help make cities a more vibrant place to live, work and play.


Rebecca’s current research interests include the deconstruction of the built environment and its relation to health, environmental sustainability, economic and cultural outcomes. Within her doctoral studies, she aims to propose and politicize changes to cycling infrastructure and policy that would create truly cycle-friendly cities, thereby enabling more Canadians to participate in cycling as a mode of transportation and recreation.


MA (2017) Recreation and Leisure Studies – University of Waterloo
BA, Honours (2015) Recreation and Business – University of Waterloo

Lab Role

Rebecca is responsible for facilitating the NEWPATH project and the NEWPATH 2 project for future investigation.

Lab Projects