BikeMaps.org, a tool for safe and accessible bicycling

 

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) is conducting a project, with project funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to develop implementation strategies to increase the usage of a citizen web-mapping surveillance tool to report bicycle crashes and evaluate this tool. The objective of this project is to promote and encourage safe and accessible bicycling and healthy living promotion. The BikeMaps.org project is being conducted in partnership with the Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research Laboratory (SPAR) at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

Cycling can help to prevent and manage many health issues that Canadians face, including childhood obesity and diabetes, and it has been positively associated with mental health. To increase the frequency of cycling and encourage more Canadians to cycle, this activity must be safe and accessible, and also be perceived as safe and accessible. To ensure the public and stakeholders as well as decision-makers are aware of the availability of this product, citizen and stakeholder engagement plans are underway to help promote the product. The project includes pilots of the tool in several sites, and also focuses on aspects of transferability of lessons learned to other fields, like walking and the development of walkability scores.

Focus groups to better understand public opinions about bicycling are ongoing. For information on upcoming focus groups, or to register for currently available focus groups, contact tirf@tirf.ca.

February 2019 focus groups:

Whitehorse, Yukon Territories
Dates: February 6 OR 7, 2019
– Feb. 6: We are recruiting people who ride their bicycles often
– Feb. 7: We are recruiting people who do not ride a bicycle or who do not ride their bicycles often
Time: 6-8pm (2 hours) for each focus group

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Dates: February 12 OR 13, 2019
– Feb. 12: We are recruiting people who ride their bicycles often
– Feb. 13: We are recruiting people who do not ride a bicycle or who do not ride their bicycles often
Time: 6-8pm (2 hours) for each focus group

Access BikeMaps.org.


Sponsors:

Public Health Agency of Canada

Project Status: Ongoing

If you would like more information about this or any other project, contact:

Marketing & Communications
613-238-5235 (office)
1-877-238-5235 (toll-free)
1-613-238-5292 (fax)
tirf@tirf.ca