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Reports to ‘benchmark’ transit use

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

A Lower Mainland team of health officials and university experts will be ranking regional municipalities to determine which cities have the most — and least — users of transit. (FILE PHOTO)

A Lower Mainland team of health officials and university experts will be ranking regional municipalities to determine which cities have the most — and least — users of transit. (FILE PHOTO)

A Lower Mainland team of health officials and university experts will be ranking regional municipalities to determine which cities have the most — and least — users of transit.

Dr. Jat Sandhu, principal investigator of the My Health, My Community surveys that examined commuter patterns collected from 33,000 people in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions, said on Monday the next step in the work would be to break down the data.

Earlier this month, his team released information suggesting only 42.5% of Metro Vancouverites are using “active modes” of transportation — walking, cycling, or transit.

Sometime next month, Sandhu said, reports that delve into the health regions’ individual municipalities would be published. There will be 30 reports in total, and it’s expected in the long term that the data would be further broken down into neighbourhoods.

“It’s quite a detailed report that will benchmark each municipality in relation to the larger geographic area it’s in,” Sandhu said.

“It will highlight which municipality is doing the best and which isn’t.”

For example, Vancouver’s population sits above the regional average in active transportation usage, as 65% of Vancouverites cycle, walk or transit.

“If you want Surrey, in terms of transit and walk, to bike, is 31%,” he said.

The work is a joint effort from Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health and University of B.C.

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