From the City of Vancouver:

 

Research shows health benefits of public greenways

Cycling up 49%, auto trips down 35%

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Two separate research studies show multiple health benefits for area residents from the development of the Comox-Helmcken Greenway.
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We commissioned a study by the UBC Health and Community Design Lab, and partnered with the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility on another study entitled, “Active Streets, Active People”.
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Both studies examined the effects of improved access to walking and cycling, and opportunities for social connection along the greenway.

The two studies looked at behaviour before and after the greenway was improved.

 

  • 16% increase in the number of days of moderate physical activity
  • 9.8% decrease in the number of days of poor mental and physical health
  • 49% increase in cycling trips
  • 35% decrease in auto trips

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