ARBUTUS GREENWAY EVALUATION (AGE)
The Arbutus Greenway is a 9 km multi-modal active transportation corridor currently undergoing phased development.
We are undertaking a multi-year study to understand and characterize the social and health impacts of the Arbutus Greenway Development.
AGE has multiple study arms, each with a different focus:
- AGE-Intercept (Arm 1): all users
- AGE-Junior (Arm 2): children and youth
- AGE-Senior (Arm 3): adults aged 60+ years (both users and non-users of the Greenway) who live within 4-5 blocks of the Greenway. This arm has both a quantitative and a qualitative sample:
- AGE-Quantitative: questionnaires and physical activity data.
- AGE-Qualitative: interviews, focus groups, and questionnaires.
The overarching goal of AGE is to contribute to our understanding of how to build accessible neighbourhoods that support people to live happy, healthy lives.
We will assess who, what, when, where, why, or why not people in surrounding neighbourhoods (or elsewhere) use the Greenway. We seek to understand whether the Greenway contributes to peoples’ health and social interactions. Their evaluation approach uses visual counts, surveys, activity monitoring devices, health-related questionnaires, and focus groups, or one-on-one interviews.
We collected baseline data in spring 2017. Our baseline preliminary report from 2017 and our follow-up AGE-Intercept report from 2018 are both available to the public on the City of Vancouver’s website.
This project is part of a much larger collaboration. Learn more about INTERACT project.