The CHATR lab is all about how community design impacts how people get around and connect with each other.

The Cities, Health, and Active Transportation Research (CHATR) Lab works together with communities to understand the intersection of population health, urban environments, transportation and safety, producing evidence to support practice, policy, and programs.

We envision a future where all Canadians have access to environments that are safe, enjoyable, and inclusive — where getting around contributes to active lifestyles, vibrant city culture, sustainable natural spaces, and health and well-being for all.

Research focus areas:

  • Active transportation
  • Urban form and healthy built environments
  • Road safety
  • Social connections and well-being
  • Equity
  • Public policy
  • Crowdsourced data and citizen science
Methodological approaches:
  • Administrative data
  • Population-based surveys
  • Natural experiments: “how much benefit” and “for whom”
  • Focused primary data collection (intercept surveys, personal-activity sensors)
  • Qualitative (focus groups, interviews)
  • Observational research
  • Spatial analysis and GIScience