This study 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.
The Comox-Helmcken Greenway is an important east-west connection through Downtown for pedestrians and cyclists of all ages and abilities. The route stretches from False Creek to Stanley Park. The Greenway is being developed in two sections with Section 1 of the Greenway now complete. Work is underway to determine the alignment of Section 2. The Health and Community Design Lab was commissioned by the City of Vancouver, in partnership with the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, to evaluate the travel, health, and social activity impacts of Section 1 improvements. Preliminary study results included: 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.
March 2019- News story on the recent publication on the new publication in Preventive Medicine on the health benefits of the Comox Greenway in downtown Vancouver:
CBC Video clip:
2012 – 2017
Study results are getting published
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