Meeting the Needs of a Community through Active Transportation Research and Policy Recommendation




van Lankvelt, Ahneke

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Our research examined how active transportation, specifically forms of micro-mobility, can be promoted and adopted safely. Micro-mobility is an alternative form of transportation classified as lightweight electric vehicles operated at low speeds. These devices have the potential to aid in addressing climate action targets and sustainability goals of cities. On top of this, they support healthy living and activity goals for users from a range of demographics and age categories. However, there are many issues and challenges with the implementation of micro-mobility. Policies regarding the devices must be comprehensive to a range of factors. These factors include environmental impacts, infrastructure and city planning, barriers in terms of accessibility and adoption, and the life-long health of users. We conducted a literature review of the current research on micro-mobility, conversed with other municipalities about their bylaws and regulations in micro-mobility pilot programs, and identified gaps in our knowledge to direct our focus for continued research. This led to the creation of ATLAS, an Active Transportation Longitudinal Aging Study that will examine the intersection between infrastructure and the life-long health of individuals using an intensive measurement design. ATLAS will investigate how urban planning influences mental health, wellness, and physical activity.



Sustainability, Transportation, Micro-mobility, Infrastructure, Health, Safety