Active transportation solutions for healthy northern communities to reduce global carbon emissions: Evaluating the success of cycling plans and policies.

Theme 2. Connectivity
Session Name 2.11 Transport, infrastructure, communication - local, regional and global scales
Presentation Type Oral
Presenter
Author(s) Heather Mitchell (University of Northern British Columbia, Canada)
Abstract text

Northern communities are left with few options of sustainable transportation due to automobile centric city planning of the 20th century. Supporting bicycle movement within cities is a simple solution to reduce our global carbon emissions as well as fostering healthy, vibrant northern communities. Climate change is forcing northern cities to reconsider how people move about in a manner that is safe, reliable, resilient, inclusive, and low-carbon. The support of bicycle transportation is a simple solution to reduce our global carbon emissions as well as fostering healthy, vibrant northern communities. Identification of successful winter cycling practices and factors will also provide further knowledge for many other BC, Canadian and northern cities to implement similar strategies. This research project aims to answer how successful have winter city cycling policies been in increasing active travel in northern communities? What are the underlying factors associated with successful cycle plans? Has the increase of bicycle a result of intangible social factors? A northern case study of three winter Canadian cities will be performed to analyze which factors have a positive impact in increasing year-round cycling. Using a Policy, Program, Implementation Process (PPIP) framework, cycling outcomes will be linked to the programs, actors, and cultural elements responsible for changes in commuting decisions.

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