Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Am J Health Promot. 2005 Mar-Apr;19(4):314-7.

Relationships among community characteristics and walking and bicycling for transportation or recreation.

Author information

  • 1Office of Family Health, Oregon Department of Human Services, 800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 825, Portland, OR 97232, USA. amy_zlot@yahoo.com

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Compare walking and bicycling for transportation and recreation with the percentage of the community devoted to parklands.

METHODS:

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (N = 206,992), Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey (N = 409,025), and Trust for Public Land (N = 55) data were used to estimate recreational walking and bicycling, utilitarian walking and bicycling, and parkland as a percentage of city acreage. Data were linked at the metropolitan statistical area or city level (N = 34). Pearson correlation coefficients were used to assess the associations among recreational and utilitarian walking and bicycling and parkland acreage.

RESULTS:

Utilitarian walking and bicycling and parkland acreage were significantly correlated (r = .62, p < .0001). No significant relationships were observed for leisure time walking or bicycling.

DISCUSSION:

Communities with more parks had significantly higher levels of walking and bicycling for transportation. Urban design features associated with leisure time physical activity might differ from those associated with transportation-related physical activity. Further studies are needed to articulate the relationships among community attributes and purposes of physical activity.

PMID:
15768927
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk