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Walking, Riding, and the Weather

Walking, Riding, and the Weather

Ethica is helping researchers to understand the link between commute and the weather.

Walking, Riding, and the Weather

Walking behavior in urban centres 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 neighbourhood 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, and physical activity behavior.

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

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