Arbutus Greenway Evaluation

Arbutus Greenway Evaluation

The Active Aging Research Team (AART) is a multidisciplinary group of community-based researchers, staff and trainees affiliated with the University of British Columbia.

The Arbutus Greenway is a 9 km multi-modal active transportation corridor currently undergoing phased development. The planned completion date is 2020.

 AART is conducting the Arbutus Greenway Evaluation (AGE), a multi-year (2017-2020) study to characterize the social and health impacts of the Arbutus Greenway Development. AGE has multiple study arms, each with a different focus:


  • Arm 1 (AGE-Intercept): all users
  • Arm 2 (AGE-Jr): children and youth
  • Arm 3 (AGE-Sr): adults aged 60+ years (both users and non-users of the Greenway) who live within 4-5 blocks of the Greenway.


The overarching goal of AGE is to contribute to our understanding of how to build accessible neighbourhoods that support people to live happy, healthy lives.


For AGE, we will assess who, what, when, where, why, or why not people in surrounding neighbourhoods (or elsewhere) use the Greenway. We also seek to understand whether the Greenway contributes to peoples’ health and social interactions.


Our evaluation approach may be to use visual counts, surveys, activity monitoring devices, health-related questionnaires, small-group interviews, focus groups or one-on-one interviews. AART collected baseline data in spring 2017. Our next round of data collection is scheduled for spring 2018.


If you, or someone you know wants to learn more about participating in the next round of data collection please contact:


For more information about the City of Vancouver Greenway development: