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Am J Public Health. 2005 Feb;95(2):236-7.

Prevalence of active commuting at urban and suburban elementary schools in Columbia, SC.

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  • 1Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine, Hoover Pavilion, Room N229, 211 Quarry Rd, Stanford, CA 94305-5705, USA.


We directly observed the prevalence of walking and bicycling (active commuting) to 8 randomly selected urban and suburban elementary schools. When school was used as the unit of analysis, only 5.0% of the students actively commuted to or from school across all observed trips. Active commuting was not affected (P >/=; 18) by school urbanization level, school socioeconomic status, time of day, day of week, weather conditions, or temperature. These results indicate a need for school- and community-based interventions.

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