Survey Method

Answering a survey in-person is pretty straight-forward. Our researchers will leave a letter in your mailbox the week before we pass by. They will then come by and knock on your door or ring on your doorbell one evening during the week (5-9PM) or during the day on the weekend (11AM-7PM). If you’re home, we hope you will answer our survey related to travel behaviour, and transportation and land use planning.

If no one is home when we pass by, we’ll leave a letter in the mailbox with a code that allows you to answer questions online. If you’re too busy at the moment when we happen to come by, we can also leave that same code with you, but suggest answering while we’re there, as we can then help by providing answers to any questions you might have.

Before we input any information, we will ask you to carefully read through the Information and Consent Form. Once this is done, and if there are no questions, the survey will begin.

The questions that will be asked relate to the demographics of your household, as well as the mobility patterns of household residents. An alternate version focuses on the relationship between residents and the transportation and land use planning process. Both versions include a few questions aimed specifically at better understanding barriers and enablers to active transportation (walking and cycling).

In recognition of the time you give us, we would also like to include all respondents who complete the survey into a prize draw. There will be one prize drawn each month, for three months, while we carry out the survey. The approximate value of each prize will be $100, given out either as a pre-loaded PRESTO card, a gas card, an outdoor store card, or an Amazon.ca card.

The data collected will allow researchers at UofT’s UTTRI (University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute) to better understand what role in-person survey approaches can play in future TTS efforts, as well as better understand resident perspective on the the transportation and land use planning process.

Summaries of the studies will also be provided to the public at http://www.ecf.utoronto.ca/~khandker/ following the completion of the study.