Motivation for Movement

Vancouver Bike Routes

Motivation for Movement

An investigation into barriers and facilitators to youth cycling in Vancouver.

School:

UBC

Department:

Kinesiology

Course:

KIN 464: Health Promotion and Physical Activity

Instructors:

Andrea Bundon, Negin Riazi (TA)

City of Vancouver Partners:

  • Mike Zipf

Student Team:

  • Giovanna Stefanutto
  • Allison Vest
  • Isabella Cina
  • Sarah Beaver

Strategy:

  • Greenest City Action Plan (GCAP)

City goal area(s):

  • Green Transportation

Summary

This project is an investigation into youth habits and perspectives surrounding cycling in the City of Vancouver and its surroundings neighbourhoods.

Due to insufficient data in youth cycling, the present study focused in the reinforcers and inhibitors affecting the use of bike lanes and cycling. We interviewed participants from grades 6-12 to further analyze the use & satisfaction of youth users.

We learned that from the perspective of the adolescents, the biggest community changes that could increase youth cycling involvement are an increase in modelling from parents and the community, and an increase in confidence biking in traffic and over long distances. From the perspective of parents however, it is the infrastructure and connectivity of bike paths could be improved.

This project inspired Councillor Adriane Carr to present a new motion to Vancouver City Council at the April 18, 2018 Policies and Strategic Priorities meeting focused on Increasing Cycling Education and Safety Training for Youth in Vancouver Schools. The motion was passed unanimously by Council.

Motivation for Movement
Motivation for Movement

What Next?

As part of this project we have proposed some next steps that could be implemented by our City staff partner. These recommendations were complied and created based on the data we collected through qualitative semi structured interviews with both parents and adolescents. The recommendation that we most heavily emphasize is starting community programs through the schools or elsewhere in communities that encourage kids to bike together or with parents. For example, a “biking school bus” could be implemented allowing parents to bike with groups of kids to school to both familiarize adolescents with cycling and have a chaperone present. Another concept was education programs to teach youth bike safety, etiquette and route planning in the city especially in schools where it is not already taught. Additionally, we mentioned the parent’s desire for more separated bike paths and better connection between routes in the city.

This project also inspired Councillor Adriane Carr to present a new motion to Vancouver City Council at the April 18, 2018 Policies and Strategic Priorities meeting focused on Increasing Cycling Education and Safety Training for Youth in Vancouver Schools. The motion was passed unanimously by Council.