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Walking, Riding, and the Weather

Walking behavior in urban centers is a complex interaction between the built environment, the accessibility of mass transit, the personality of the individual, and the weather. Over a four-week period of highly variable weather, participants in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan recorded activity patterns and locations and reported use of public transit. By comparing these results with publicly available weather data for the period and published neighborhood walkability indices, models of the interactions between built environment, transit, weather, and personality can begin to be explored.

Study Profile

Participation duration: 5 weeks

Sample size: 84 subjects

Data sources:

  • Surveys
  • Location information
  • Physical activity

Research Team

Scott Bell, Ph.D.
Department of Geography and Planning
University of Saskatchewan

Kevin Stanley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Department of Computer Science
University of Saskatchewan