Student research delivers recommendations on sustainable transportation planning for real estate development

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Grace Hardman with her bike on a trail in Stanley Park

While mountain biking with her dad as a teen, Capilano University student Grace Hardman never would have guessed that it could someday open doors to a career bridging internship.

Hardman responded to an opportunity, shared with students in the School of Business, to work as a Research Assistant to HUB Cycling’s Bike Friendly Building consultation services team.

“I started this Research Assistantship while still in my last term of school and I’m looking at it as my first contract job,” said Hardman.

HUB Cycling’s business consulting team works primarily with real estate property developers to incorporate active transportation into their designs and conducts “bike-ability” assessments for buildings and workplaces.

As HUB’s research assistant, Hardman is conducting background research and interviewing past HUB clients and stakeholders to develop recommendations aimed at increasing brand awareness and improving social media marketing strategies for the Bike Friendly Building services team. The recommendations in her final report are designed to capitalize on HUB’s strengths and identify new partnership opportunities for real estate companies and the cycling community.

Hardman is supported by CapU Business instructor David Kuch and Tim Welsh, director of program development for HUB Cycling, who provide guidance as the project supervisors.

“HUB’s goal is to streamline lead generation and find areas of opportunity for this business stream,” said Kuch. “The consulting service is already strong and the goal is for CapU is to see how we can make it even stronger.”

Hardman’s paid research assistant position was made possible through a grant from Mitacs, a national organization that connects industry with post-secondary to solve business challenges.

Her research notes a rise in real estate listings that feature bike parking, but offer no car parking. She feels it’s both exciting and timely to be involved in consulting on sustainable transportation planning and real estate development. “Developers are starting to cater to city dwellers who are going carless or only using care share programs,” she says.

“Vancouver real estate is such a hot topic and this focus on active transportation and property development is a really unique sub-category of that,” said Hardman. “I think this project will be something CapU and Mitacs will be proud to be part of.”

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