Environmental and Socio-demographic Associates of Children's Active Transport to School: A Cross-sectional Investigation From the URBAN Study

Oliver, M
Badland, H
Mavoa, S
Witten, K
Kearns, R
Ellaway, A
Hinckson, E
Mackay, L
Schluter, PJ
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BioMed Central Ltd.

Active transport (e.g., walking, cycling) to school (ATS) can contribute to children's physical activity and health. The built environment is acknowledged as an important factor in understanding children's ATS, alongside parental factors and seasonality. Inconsistencies in methodological approaches exist, and a clear understanding of factors related to ATS remains equivocal. The purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of associates of children's ATS, by considering the effects of daily weather patterns and neighbourhood walk ability and neighbourhood preferences (i.e., for living in a high or low walkable neighbourhood) on this behaviour.

Adolescent , Child , Cross-sectional studies , Demography , Environment design , Family characteristics , Female , Geographic Information Systems , Humans , Male , Motor activity , New Zealand , Parents , Residence characteristics , Schools , Socioeconomic factors , Transportation , Walking
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2014, 11:70. DOI:10.1186/1479-5868-11-70
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