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Support and potential use of the All Ages and Abilities Cycling Network: Baseline results from INTERACT Victoria

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Do residents of Victoria support and will they use the AAA Cycling Network over other types of cycling infrastructure? More data is needed to fully understand intention to use varies across groups.

Tobin M, Fischer J, Laberee K, Kestens Y, Winters M, Fuller D. Support and use of protected bicycle facilities: Baseline results from INTERACT Victoria. Oral presentation at: Canadian Public Health Association Conference; April 2019; Ottawa, ON.

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Support and potential use of the All Ages and Abilities Cycling Network: Baseline results from INTERACT Victoria

  1. 1. INTERACTINTERVENTIONS, RESEARCH, AND ACTION IN CITIES TEAM Support and potential use of the All Ages and Abilities Cycling Network: Baseline results from INTERACT Victoria. M. Tobin1, K. Laberee2, J. Fischer2, Y. Kestens3, M. Winters2, D. Fuller1 1 Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada 2 Simon Fraser University, Canada, 3 Université de Montréal, Canada 1 2 34 5 INTERACT’s goal is to understand impacts of urban form changes on population health. BACKGROUND Majority of Canadians do not meet physical activity guidelines.1 The health benefits of active transportation outweigh the risks in health impact models.2 INTERVENTION VICTORIA – All Ages and Abilities (AAA) Cycling Network 5.4 km network of separated cycling infrastructure in Victoria.3 Baseline analysis: 1.2km Pandora Ave protected bike lane. Photo by Elise Gatti RESEARCH QUESTION Do residents of Victoria support and will they use the AAA Cycling Network over other types of cycling infrastructure? HYPOTHESIS Victoria residents will support and use the All Ages and Abilities Cycling Network. METHODS Participants: 281 participants who cycle at least once a month did an online survey. Data Collection Period: Data collection from May 19, 2017 to November 30, 2017. Analysis: Descriptive statistics and logistic regression comparing sociodemographic factors. REFERENCES 1. Public Health Agency of Canada. How Healthy Are Canadians?: A Trend Analysis of the Health of Canadians from a Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Perspective.; 2016. http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2017/asp c-phac/HP40-167-2016. 2. Mueller, N., Rojas-Rueda, D., Cole-Hunter, T., de Nazelle, A., Dons, E., Gerike, R., … Nieuwenhuijsen, M. (2015). Health impact assessment of active transportation: A systematic review. Preventive Medicine, 76, 103–114. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.04.010 3. City of Victoria. Cycling. https://www.victoria.ca/EN/main/residents/transportatio n/cycling.html. RESULTS Participants 51% female Mean age = 44.9 years (SD = 13.6) Participants were Caucasian (86%), married (71%), reported very good or excellent health (73%) and had incomes greater than $50,000 per year (76%). No differences between age, gender, ethnicity, income, health status and martial status, on participants intention to cycle more on the AAA network. Photo by Karen Laberee CONCLUSIONS The AAA Network will promote cycling in the City of Victoria. Future studies will analyze qualitative interviews, GPS, and accelerometer data from participants. We will analyze changes over time with data collected in 2019 and 2021. Yes 79% No 21% Very good idea 88% Somewhat good idea 11% Somewhat bad idea 1% Very bad idea 0% Do you think the AAA Network is a good or bad idea for Victoria? Will you be likely to cycle more in the future once the AAA Network is built?

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