iConnect is a quasi-experimental cohort study of the travel, physical activity and carbon impacts of Connect2, a UK-wide programme of constructing new walking and cycling routes in local areas, conducted as part of an interdisciplinary research consortium. Following a randomised controlled trial of alternative survey protocols the Unit led the evaluation of the core study sites at Cardiff, Kenilworth and Southampton in which three annual waves of population survey data (2010-2012; baseline n=3516) are complemented by in-depth case studies and qualitative interviews with stakeholders and participants. We have also led a secondary school intervention study at a fourth Connect2 site in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire and collaborated on the development of a randomised controlled trial of the additional effect of promotional activities at a fifth site in Glasgow.
Field work completed, analysis and publication ongoing.
Unit leads the evaluation study work package, in collaboration with the Universities of Bristol, East Anglia, Edinburgh, Loughborough, Oxford, Southampton and West of England. Unit responsible for evaluation study data. For more visit www.iconnect.ac.uk
EPSRC grant held by the University of Southampton, with sub-contract to the Unit.