Analyzing the active transportation user experience in small, sprawled Canadian cities
Throughout recent history, transportation planning and engineering have primarily been focused on improving automobiles' efficient movement, which has contributed to car dependency among small, sprawled cities. This thesis analyzes the active transportation user experiences in small, sprawled Canadian cities to better understand how planners can improve their experiences and perceptions and ultimately create healthier, more resilient transportation systems. Literature collected explores active transportation with physical activity and the built environment, transportation equity, and the planning profession concerning improving community health and transportation systems. Data was collected through surveys and interviews with active transportation users and transportation planners. The discussion section attempts to categorize findings into three main themes found in the research. Finally, recommendations are offered on how the small, sprawled cities analyzed could improve the transportation user experience.