Municipal investments in the built environment have long-term consequences for cities and local communities that extend beyond their original objectives. For example, transportation policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions can have consequences for both the health of citizens and social equity. The construction of new bike paths to promote physical activity can contribute to increasing or reducing equity between different populations. New bike paths promote equity if they are built in neighborhoods that are poorly served by bike paths, encouraging new populations to adopt an active, safe mode of transportation.
To understand the impact of these investments on health and social equity, the INTERACT team is studying transportation policies adopted by four Canadian cities: Montréal, Saskatoon, Vancouver and Victoria. INTERACT uses qualitative and quantitative methodologies to understand how municipal transportation policies affect the physical activity, social networks, and general well-being of citizens.
Cité-ID is participating in the research project by studying transportation policies of the four cities in order to analyze the language used to discuss issues related to health and equity.
For more information on the INTERACT team and its research projects, please click here.
This project is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Meghans Winters, Simon Fraser University
Yan Kestens, University of Montréal
Kevin Manaugh, McGill University
Daniel Fuller, Memorial University of Newfoundland