Motivation for Movement

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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:

  • Mike Zipf

Student Team:

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

Strategy:

  • Greenest City Action Plan (GCAP)

City goal area:

  • 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.

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