SWAN Project

How accessible are streets in your neighbourhood? What is the SWAN Project? Titled over an opaque streetscape

The Stakeholders’ Walkability/Wheelability Audit in Neighbourhoods (SWAN) project, is led by Dr. Atiya Mahmood at Simon Fraser University under the Navigation and Pedestrian Environment Accessibility Stream.

This project is community engaged and seeks to raise awareness about mobility and participation through actively engaging diverse groups of stakeholders. 

SWAN aims to: 

  • Help people with lived experience advocate for inclusive streets in their neighbourhoods through evidence-based data that they collect themselves.
  • Work with municipalities to improve pedestrian environments.


In this study, participants complete two tasks:

  1. Survey/audit the street for barriers and facilitators using a checklist (the SWAN tool).
  2. Complete a sit-down interview following the completion of the checklist to provide additional details about how and why items are impacting their accessibility.

This project is aiming to recruit participants and collect data in Spring 2022 to Spring 2023.

For more information, contact us at: MAPSFU[at]sfu.ca or (778) 782-7635

Find us on social media via @InclusiveSWAN. 

Our team members include: Hailey-Thomas Ford, Kishore Seetharaman Farinaz Rikhtehgaran, Mike Prescott, Alison Chung, Juanita Mora, Aislynn Sharrock, and Jonas Roth.



To learn more about our team, check out the MAP team members page here.