Canadian research, practice, and policy specialists have indicated a need for practice-based evidence on the policy development process to support evidence-informed cancer and chronic disease prevention policy development. A multiple case study approach was employed to uncover important contextually relevant and transferable knowledge about the policy development process as it relates to active transportation policies in three Canadian municipalities – Vancouver, Red Deer and Hamilton.

View the active transportation policy case studies summary infographics as well as the full reports below outlining the results.

Policy case study infographics

Overview

How we design our transportation networks has a significant impact on our health. Prioritizing active transportation and encouraging mobility of all people helps to achieve increases in physical activity, leading to better health outcomes. View the overview infographic for more information.

Common themes that surfaced across the case studies can be broken down into the following categories.
Overview

 

Commitment: Drawing on the Commitment of Key Partners and Champions to push the policy agenda through adoption.

 

Public Health Roles

Public Health Roles image
Partners

Partners image
Public Engagement image Engagement: Community engagement to demonstrate to council city citizen support for policy
Public Engagement
Framing image Vision: Creating a share vision, the importance of framing.
Framing
Evidence image Evidence: Using evidence to understand the problem and to inform the policy process
Evidence

 

Policy case study reports

City of Hamilton Active Transportation Policy Case Study image City of Hamilton Active Transportation Policy Case Study

May 2014
Case study

This report highlights the following topics:

  • routine accommodation
  • pedestrian planning
  • road projects
  • cost containment
  • decision-making tool
Metro Vancouver Active Transportation Policy Case Study image Metro Vancouver Active Transportation Policy Case Study

May 2014
Case study

This report highlights the following topics:

  • transportation planning
  • hierarchy of modes
  • pedestrians, cycling, transit
  • separated cycling facilities
  • mode share
City of Red Deer Active Transportation Policy Case Study image City of Red Deer Active Transportation Policy Case Study

May 2014
Case study

This report highlights the following topics:

  • bike lanes, on-street cycling facilities
  • pilot project
  • public engagement
  • transportation planning
  • active commuting
Last updated: November 21, 2014