Cycling Equity and Older Buildings Project

An aerial view of Vancouver's old buildings. There are several buildings of varying sizes including towers and small apartment buildings.

Equity, Accessibility and Cycling in Older Buildings Project Description

 

HUB Cycling knows through our membership and institutional partners that many older buildings’ cycling amenities and connections are very poor and that opportunities and funding for effective upgrades are seldom identified. Further, when property owners and managers do pursue upgrades to these facilities, they find the process is time-consuming, complicated, and often expensive. 

HUB Cycling will, in collaboration with building development and management companies, government bodies, and academics, complete the Equity, Accessibility, and Older Buildings project in 2021 and 2022.

This project will collect information about a sampling of existing buildings of different ages, types, and ownership structures in order to understand the dynamics of existing cycling amenities and potential opportunities for / barriers to improving cycling amenities and connections for each type. We will review "Best Practices" case studies in Metro Vancouver and elsewhere for upgrades to older buildings, and will also conduct contextual research into socio-economics and bike route quality and connectedness, safety and security (bike theft), and other related topics.  

HUB Cycling will produce a practical and accessible report compiling our research. It will identify and recommend directions that building owners and managers, and relevant government institutions, may undertake to promote the improvement of older buildings so their users have equitable access to cycling as users of new buildings, and so that older buildings may evolve to better serve the changing transportation and urban development directions. 

 

UBC Team of Researchers

Qualitative data collection from managers, residents and workers of a broad range of older buildings will be a central element of Our Cycling Equity and Older Buildings project. To gain the qualitative research expertise needed for our project, we are engaging a team of three senior UBC Kinesiology and Sociology students, and guidance from their academic supervisors, through the federal MITACS student researcher internship program. The lead student researcher is a doctoral student who has completed extensive qualitative research regarding cycling and issues of socio-economic equity. 

HUB Cycling is very excited about the prospect of working with this UBC academic team, and with the MITACS internship program.  We feel our final research project will be much more impactful with their expertise and energy. 

 

Thank you to our Project Funders and Collaborators!An aerial view of Vancouver's downtown buildings in 1966. There are several buildings of varying sizes including towers and small apartment buildings.

This project is able to proceed due to the funding and collaboration of a diverse range of private and public sector organizations.  

Financial and in-kind contributors include:

  • QuadReal Property Group
  • Concert Properties
  • Urban Racks
  • Bunt Engineering
  • HCMA Architecture and Design
  • Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association
  • Federal Mitacs student internship program, and
  • Real Estate Foundation of BC.

Our research collaborators include:

  • Building Owners and Managers Association of BC
  • Atira Building Management
  • Landlord BC
  • TransLink
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • BC Housing, and
  • the City of Vancouver.  

This project will build on HUB Cycling's growing research accomplishments.

 

Photo credit for picture #2: Livabl