UNBC Professors Participate in Collaborative Effort to Make B.C.’s Outdoors More Accessible

Americas, Built Environment, News, Universal Design, August 19 2020

CANADA: Several UNBC professors have been working to make outdoor spaces across the province more accessible to British Columbians.

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At left, Access BC’s Nancy Harris measuring pathway widths in the David Douglas Botanical Garden at UNBC with Dr. Mark Groulx, associate professor in the School of Environmental Planning, UNBC. Photo Courtesy: UNBC

The research is being supported with a $24,000 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Engage grant. The professors, Drs. Mark Groulx, Shannon Freeman and Pamela Wright have been working collaboratively with Spinal Cord Injury BC’s Access BC team to create more barrier free destinations in the province.

“We live in a province, and a country, that has some of the most magnificent natural environments.”—Dr. Mark Groulx, Associate Professor, UNBC School of Environmental Planning

“The essence of this research really looks at whether or not all members of society have equitable access and opportunity to experience these amazing spaces,” adds Groulx.

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