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J Phys Act Health. 2008 Mar;5(2):205-15.

Changes in the percentage of students who walk or bike to school-United States, 1969 and 2001.

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  • 1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This report describes changes in the percentage of US students (age 5 to 18 years) who walked or bicycled to school and in the distance that they lived from or traveled to their school in 1969 and 2001 and travel patterns in 2001.

METHODS:

Data were from the 1969 National Personal Transportation Survey report on school travel and the 2001 National Household Transportation Survey.

RESULTS:

A smaller percentage of students lived within 1 mile of school in 2001 than in 1969. The percentage of students who walked or biked any distance decreased from 42.0% to 16.2%. Nearly half of students used more than 1 travel mode or went to an additional destination en route between home and school in 2001.

CONCLUSION:

Multidisciplinary efforts are needed to increase the percentage of students who walk or bike to school, as well as decrease the distances that students travel.

PMID:
18382030
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