CapaCITY

ABOUT US

We are a team of researchers lead by Dr. Meghan Winters (Simon Fraser University), Dr. Marie-Soleil Cloutier (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique), Dr. Daniel Fuller (University of Saskatchewan), city planners and community groups, looking to catalyze the implementation of sustainable transportation interventions to support health, mobility, and equity outcomes in cities across Canada.

CONTEXT

Active transport and public transit are critical to providing accessible and affordable physical activity as part of everyday life, and improving population health. However, the car remains dominant, with walking, cycling, and public transit rates low, in part due to widespread concerns about safety as well as a lack of supportive infrastructure. Without major changes, cities will struggle to meet ambitious targets for sustainable transportation set in response to congestion and the climate crisis. 

The window for action is now, as the federal government launches its first National Active Transportation Strategy, with $400M for active transportation infrastructure, and $14.9 B for public transit over the next 8 years. However, there is very limited research examining how these large-scale healthy cities investments go from funding programs to actual changes in the urban environment. Implementation science allows us to understand methods and approaches to facilitate the uptake of evidence-based practice and research into regular use by practitioners and policymakers. The field of implementation science seeks to systematically close the gap between what we know and what we do (often referred to as the know-do gap) by identifying and addressing the barriers that slow or halt the uptake of proven health interventions and evidence-based practices.

OUR PROPOSAL

Our overall goal is to catalyze the implementation of sustainable transportation interventions to support health, mobility, and equity outcomes in cities. We primarily focus on two pillars of sustainable transportation interventions – All Ages and Abilities (AAA) bicycle networks and speed reduction interventions – which serve as implementation science case studies. Our Canadian and Australian team will extend intersectoral partnerships, build capacity, and develop tools to advance healthy cities implementation science, working toward this goal through the following objectives:

 

Objective 1

Document the implementation process and outcomes of two types of sustainable transportation interventions

 

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Objective 2

Examine the equity, health, and mobility impacts of theses sustainable transportation interventions, both within and between cities

 

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Objective 3

Advance implementation science by developing an evidence-based, equity focused, sustainable transportation implementation framework

 

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Objective 4

Facilitate scale up and scale out of sustainable transportation interventions by developing tools for stakeholders and building capacity

 

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Our team

Participant Name Position and Title / Organization and/or Affiliations / City/Province and/or Country Participant Role (e.g., Nominated Principal Applicant, Principal Knowledge User, partner, collaborator, Sex and Gender champion)
Winters, Meghan CIHR Applied Public Health Chair, Gender and Sex in Healthy Cities, Professor and Lead,
Cities, Health, and
Active Transportation
Research (CHATR) Lab, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Nominated Principal Applicant, Independent Researcher, Sex and Gender Champion, NHMRC Chief Investigator B
Cloutier, Marie-
Soleil
Professor and Director Centre Urbanisation Culture
Société, Institut Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique, Montréal, QC, Canada
Principal Applicant, Independent Researcher
Fuller, Daniel Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada Principal Applicant, Independent Researcher
Badeau, Nancy Ingénieure chef d’équipe de l’Équipe sécurité routière, Ville de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada Principal Knowledge User – City Liaison
Churchill, Tony Senior Traffic Engineer and Leader of Mobility Safety, City of Calgary, AB, Canada Principal Knowledge User – City Liaison
Coleman, Jesse Manager, Transportation Data & Analytics, Transportation Services, City of Toronto, On, Canada Principal Knowledge User – City Liaison
Fridman, Liraz Transportation Safety Specialist, City of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada Principal Knowledge User – City Liaison
Laberee, Karen Executive Director, BikeMaps.org and WalkRollMap.org, Victoria, BC, Canada Principal Knowledge User – National Partner
MacIsaac, David Supervisor, Active Transportation, Halifax Regional Municipality
Halifax, NS, Canada
Principal Knowledge User – City Liaison
Malzer, Jen District Director, Canadian Institution of Transportation
Engineers (CITE), Calgary, AB, Canada
Principal Knowledge User – National Partner
Spandonide, Bruno Manager, Transport Planning Loddon Mallee, Victoria, Victorian Department of Transport, Australia Principal Knowledge User – City Liaison; NHMRC Associate Investigator
Schulz, Chris Planning Project Services Manager, City of Saskatoon, Saskatoon, SK, Canada Principal Knowledge User – City Liaison
Semple, Ian Director, Transportation Services, City of Kingston, Kingston, ON, Canada Principal Knowledge User – City Liaison
Simor, David Director, The Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), Toronto, ON, Canada Principal Knowledge User – National Partner
Walker, Kathryn Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, Vélo Canada Bikes, Winnipeg, MB, Canada;
PhD Student, Population Health
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Principal Knowledge User – National Partner
Webb, Sarah Manager, Sustainable
Transportation Planning
& Development, Engineering and Public Works, City of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada
Principal Knowledge User – City Liaison
Smith Lea, Nancy Senior Analyst, The Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), Toronto, ON, Canada Knowledge User – National Partner
Harris, Anne Associate Professor, School of Occupational and Public
Health, Faculty of
Community Services, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, ON, Canada
Principal Applicant
Howard, Andrew Interim Head, Division
of Orthopaedics, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada
Principal Applicant
Kestens, Yan Professor, Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada Principal Applicant
Kirk, Sara Professor, Faculty of Health, School of Health and Human Performance and Scientific Director, Healthy Populations
Institute, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada; Founding Fellow, MacEachen Institute for
Policy and Planning
Principal Applicant
Macpherson, Alison School of Kinesiology and Health Science, Faculty of Health, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada Principal Applicant
Moore, Sarah Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada Principal Applicant, Early Career Researcher
Rothman, Linda Assistant Professor, School of Occupational and Public
Health, Faculty of
Community Services, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, ON, Canada
Principal Applicant, Early Career Researcher
Shareck, Martine Assistant Professor, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada Principal Applicant, Early Career Researcher
Tomasone, Jennifer Associate Professor, Queen’s University, Canada Principal Applicant
Ayton, Darshini Assistant Professor, Monash University, Australia Co-Applicant, Australian Researcher – NHMRC Chief Investigator
Batomen Kuimi, Brice Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School
of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
Co-Applicant, Early Career Researcher
Beck, Ben Associate Professor, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, and Head of Sustainable Mobility and
Safety Research, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Co-Applicant, Australian Lead Investigator – NHMRC Chief Investigator A
Bell, Scott Professor, University of Saskatchewan, Canada Co-Applicant
Collins, Patricia Associate Professor, Queen’s University, Canada Co-Applicant
de Leeuw, Evelyne Professor, University of New South Wales, Australia Co-Applicant, Australian Researcher – NHMRC Chief Investigator
Diab, Ehab Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan, Canada Co-Applicant
Firth, Caislin Meta, Seattle, WA, USA Co-Applicant, Early Career Researcher
Fuselli, Pam President and CEO, Parachute, Toronto, ON, Canada Co-Applicant
Giles, Audrey Professor, School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada Co-Applicant
Hagel, Brent Assocaite Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary,
Calgary, AB, Canada
Co-Applicant
Harris, Michael Lecturer, School of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Co-Applicant, Australian Researcher – NHMRC Chief Investigator
Harris, Patrick Senior Research Fellow, University of New South Wales, Australia Co-Applicant, Australian Researcher – NHMRC Chief Investigator
Lachapelle, Ugo Département d’études urbaines et touristiques, Université de Québec à Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada Co-Applicant
Lee, Brian (Kinwoo) Senior Lecturer, School of the Built Environment, City Futures Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Co-Applicant, Australian Researcher – NHMRC Chief Investigator
Manaugh, Kevin Professor, Department of Geography and School of Environment, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada Co-Applicant
Mitra, Raktim Associate Professor and Associate Director, School of Urban and Regional Planning,
Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, ON, Canada
Co-Applicant
Muhajarine, Nazeem Professor, University of Saskatchewan, Canada Co-Applicant
Muller Myrdahl, Tiffany Senior Lecturer, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada Co-Applicant
Pettit, Christopher Inaugural Professor, Urban Science and Director, City Futures Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney; Chair of the Board of
Directors for Computational Urban Planning and Urban Management, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Co-Applicant, Australian Researcher – NHMRC Chief Investigator
Pike, Ian Professor, Department of Pediatrics, BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada Co-Applicant
Raven, Rob Professor, Monash University, Australia Co-Applicant, Australian Researcher – NHMRC Chief Investigator
Skouteris, Helen Professor, Monash University, Australia Co-Applicant, Australian Researcher – NHMRC Chief Investigator
Soucy, Alexander Professor, Centre for the Study of Sport and Health and Chair of Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, Canada Co-Applicant
Wachsmuth, David Associate Professor and CRC Chair in Urban Governance, School of Urban Planning, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada Co-Applicant
Whitehurst, David Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada Co-Applicant
Becker, Christoph Associate Professor, Faculty of Information and Director, Digital Curation Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada Collaborator
Blais, Stéphane Chef de section – Vélo, Ville de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada Collaborator
Breux, Sandra Professor, Centre Urbanisation Culture Société, Institut Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique, Montréal, QC, Canada Collaborator
Brubacher, Jeff Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada Collaborator
Couture-Ménard, Marie Eve Associate Professor, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada Collaborator
Gauvin, Lise Professor, School of Public Health, Université de Montréal; Researcher, Centre de
recherche du Centre
Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CRCHUM), Montreal, QC, Canada
Collaborator
HubkaRao, Tate PhD Student, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada Collaborator
Lord, Sébastien Associate Professor, Université Laval, Canada Collaborator
Nelson, Trisalyn Professor, Jack and Laura
Dangermond Chair of
Geography, Department of
Geography, UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA, USA; Adjunct Professor, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada; Founder of BikeMaps.org
Collaborator
Richmond, Sarah Applied Public Health Specialist, Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Public Health Ontario, Toronto, ON, Canada Collaborator
Sones, Meridith PhD Candidate, Simon Fraser University, Canada Collaborator
Swanson, Anders Design Lead, CounterPoint, Winnipeg, MB, Canada Collaborator
Waygood, Owen Associate Professor,
Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada
Collaborator