Geographic Information System (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage and present spatial or geographic data. Students in our GIS courses (HGP 470, HGP 570, PLAN 570) have the opportunity to complete reports and present posters on their analysis of GIS data for topics of their choosing. Each year, the posters are presented at City Hall for public viewing and sharing of information. Read on for more details about some recent student work.
Edmonton Senior Transit Accessibility
by Leah Anderson, a graduate student in Human Geography (MA)
For Edmonton to be an Age-Friendly City, it is important that seniors can access the services they need and remain engaged in the community. As Edmonton supports a mode shift to mass transit, combined with the tendency of seniors to cease driving, mass transit access becomes increasingly important. Using the transit system data from the City of Edmonton, service areas of medical, essential, and social trips were computed highlighting areas where seniors in Edmonton have low or no transit accessibility based on destination proxies. Seniors are generally located at the city fringe as measured through the 2016 Canadian Census while transit access is most comprehensive in the core. This means Edmonton may need to increase funding to ensure seniors have transit access through either mass transit or para-transit services. Policymakers may also want to locate amenities for seniors in areas that do not rely on automobility to meet transportation needs. Read the full report here
Edmonton's Livable Neighbourhoods: An Assessment Through the Lens of a Millennial
by undergraduate students Janna Bradshaw and Stephanie Kovach
Edmonton is one of the youngest and fastest growing cities in Canada, which means that it will have to adapt its planning strategies to accommodate a diverse population while simultaneously attracting and retaining the young talent that will drive the city's growth. One factor that has increasingly been cited as a way to appeal to the generation dubbed "millennials" is to promote factors that contribute to livability. Livability is the sum of factors that add up to a community's quality of life - including the built and natural environment, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity, and cultural, entertainment and recreational possibilities.
Low-Stress Connectivity: The Impact of Protected Bike Lanes in Edmonton
by undergraduate student Laura Cabral
Cycling for transportation can lead to health benefits, traffic alleviation, greenhouse gas emission reduction, and air pollution reduction. Improving cyclist experience and cycling levels is a long-term goal of the City of Edmonton, as shown in the 2009 Transportation Master Plans. The implementation of downtown bike network and other protected bike lanes starting in 2017 has the stated goal to encourage more cycling. A dedicated and well-connected network of cycling facilities can increase cycling volumes, potentially reaping health, environmental and livability benefits.