Our Work

The Alberta Survey on Physical Activity, the annual Physical Activity Forum, and a body of original resources and publications represent important aspects of the Centre's work.

The 2019 Physical Activity Forum:

Bike 2019


Our aim is to make Bike 2019 a key conference for cross sector exchange between researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners around cycling as a mode of active transport.

Bike 2019 invites abstracts to be considered for presentation at the Bike 2019 conference May 7 in Edmonton and/or May 8 in Calgary, Alberta.

The suggested areas of focus are:

  • Policy
  • Environment
  • Health Benefits
  • Emerging Trends and Technologies (e.g. e-bikes, bike share)
  • Bike Culture
  • Year-round Cycling
  • Infrastructure
  • Awareness and Education
  • Wayfinding
  • Liability


General Guidelines

Abstracts related to the suggested areas of focus regarding cycling as a mode of active transportation research, policies, and practices are invited for submission. Progress towards creating more active transportation-friendly communities requires learning across many disciplines, so abstracts from all fields of research, policy, and practice will be considered.

NOTE: Abstracts focused solely on behaviour change at the individual level will not be accepted.

Abstract Submission Types

Abstracts can be submitted under the following three categories described below: 1) Research; 2) Policy; or 3) Practice.


Research-focused abstracts should describe research that is related to policy and environmental aspects of active transportation. Methodological, correlational, intervention, "natural experiment," economic, and policy research studies are encouraged. Abstracts presenting innovative conceptual papers and reviews will also be considered, including those with a focus on translating active transportation research into practice and policy. If you do not have complete results to report in your abstract, please include a note to reviewers about the timeline for finalizing data analysis.

Research abstracts should contain the following headings:

  • Background and Purpose
  • Objectives
  • Methods (including type of data collected)
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • Implications for Practice and Policy ("So what?")
  • References (if applicable)
  • Support/Funding Source (if applicable).

Practice or Policy

Practice- or Policy-focused abstracts should describe programs, interventions, case studies, policy or advocacy impacts, or new resources that are related to active transportation (e.g., how evidence-based research was translated into successful adoption or implementation of policy). Efforts that resulted from multi-sector participation, applied previous research, or included evaluation are particularly encouraged.

Practice/policy focused abstracts should contain the following headings:

  • Background and Purpose
  • Description (including how research was used to guide the program or policy, if applicable)
  • Lessons Learned (including any evaluation results)
  • Conclusions and Implications
  • Next Steps (including how the program or policy could be informed by research and evaluation, if applicable)
  • References (if applicable)
  • Support/Funding Source (if applicable).

Presentation Types

Abstracts submitted will be considered for:

Pecha Kucha Oral Presentation

Authors selected for an oral presentation will present during a 90-minute session. Presentations will follow the Pecha Kucha style in which 20 slides and shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total) followed by a brief Q&A session.

Abstract Submission & Review Process

Authors must submit abstracts electronically [email protected] with the subject heading BIKE 2019 ABSTRACT and are required to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • The body of the abstract for all submission types is limited to 450 words.
  • Word limit includes headings and excludes title and author block.
  • There is no limit on the number of abstracts an author may submit.
  • Submitted abstracts should not be accepted or in press at the time of abstract submission, but they can be submitted for publication.
  • Once the abstract is accepted, at least one of the authors must register for and present at the conference.

Abstracts will undergo blind review by a panel from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Selection for presentation is based on the quality of the research or project, clarity of the abstract, relevance to the Bike 2019 and adherence to the guidelines. Presentation type (Pecha Kucha or Poster) is determined by review score and reviewer recommendation. Expenses associated with the submission, preparation, and presentation of the abstract are the responsibility of the presenters. Decisions regarding acceptance will be made by the middle of March and the submitting author will be notified via email by the Centre for Active Living.


If you have questions that have not been addressed in this call for abstracts, please contact Nora Johnston, Director, Centre for Active Living, [email protected].

For more information about the conference and keynote speaker, visit the Bike 2019 web page.