WS 2.2: Participatory research on improving active transportation: Using an online map-based questionnaire

Workshop provider(s)

R. Shokoohi*1, G. Weitkamp1
1Hanze University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands, 2University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Workshop description

Online map-based questionnaires can be used as a Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) methodology that is based on the premise that people are experts in their own lives. In the context of active transportation, such a questionnaire may involve drawing routes that people take to go to school or work, spotting unsafe areas on their way to school, work or in their neighborhood, and writing descriptions to explain the realities of the built environment, and their reasons to choose the places. These data also can be used to identify opportunities to advocate for a change. Researchers from The Cycling Lab North Netherlands have used Maptionnaire to explore young adolescents’ perceptions of cycling to school and their secondary tasks while cycling, and to inform local authorities to improve the situation. This interactive online map-based questionnaire provides an instrument in gaining insightful information that might not otherwise have been apparent. The collected data were combined with GPS data, online travel diaries and group discussions to develop an educational intervention to make young adolescents’ journey to school safer and more pleasant.

Learning Objectives

During this 1.5-hour workshop, participants are given a brief overview of the research project, its context (A province in the northern part of the Netherlands), and results were translated into practice to design the intervention. Then, it will be focused on how to use the online map-based questionnaires to collect data about active transportation, and its advantages and limitations.

Participants will learn:
1) how to use the method for active transportation research
2) how to present and translate the results into practice
3) how geographical, cultural, economical and political factors have impact on translating results into practice to develop an effective intervention.

Interactive Features

Participants will be divided in groups of maximum 5 people, and each individual will be asked to fill in an online interactive map-based questionnaire about active transportation, and spot the spatial locations of examples for improvement. Then they will discuss the outcomes within their own group, and one person from each group will present the results to the whole group of workshop participants. Participants will engage in discussion about why they chose those locations, what opportunities for improvement they see in those places, and how to convince local authorities in different context.

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