The CHATR lab is interested in how community design impacts the way people get around and connect with each other.


We work together with communities to understand the intersection of population health, urban environments, transportation and safety, to produce 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, health, and well-being for all.


  • Active transportation
  • Urban form and healthy built environments
  • Road safety for cyclists and pedestrians
  • Physical activity and mobility
  • Social connections and well-being
  • Equity
  • Public policy
  • Crowd-sourced data and community science


  • Administrative data
  • Population-based surveys
  • Natural experiments: “how much benefit” and “for whom”
  • Focused primary data collection (intercept surveys, personal-activity sensors)
  • Qualitative data collection (focus groups, interviews)
  • Observational research
  • Spatial analysis and GIScience