Sara Czerwonka & Amy Rintoul
help people embrace cycling as a form of sustainable transportation?
According to the Calgary Transportation Plan, cycling is one of the most sustainable forms of transportation (2009). In order to increase the appeal of cycling as a form of transportation in Calgary, we needed to understand what factors are actively preventing Calgarians from cycling.
This systems map shows the barriers Calgary cyclists face, which include lack of infrastructure, connectedness and safety while on the road. These barriers are identified as psychological, physical or both. The left side of the systems map shows the individual, societal, environmental and political factors that connect to each barrier. These factors affect the viability of cycling as a form of transportation. The right side of the systems map displays the complex systems of education, social fabrics and institutions that all impact each barrier.
Cycling both for recreation and utility has helped me tremendously with maintaining physical and mental health, while giving me a feeling of empowerment and agency over my daily transportation. I’m interested in the idea of promoting sustainability through healthy activities that benefit both the environment and the individual, and I believe that creating a community conducive to active transportation can achieve this.
As someone who uses multiple forms of transportation to move throughout Calgary, I was interested in learning about the cycling community. By understanding the barriers to cycling, I hope to enable change in the current infrastructure and make Calgary a safer and more efficient place for cycling.