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Prev Med. 2010 Apr;50(4):199-203. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2010.01.006. Epub 2010 Jan 20.

Prevalence and socio-demographic correlates of "active transport" in the UK: analysis of the UK time use survey 2005.

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  • 1Institute of Health & Society, William Leech Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4HH, UK.



To describe prevalence, and socio-demographic correlates, of active transport participation amongst UK adults.


Data was from the 2005 UK Time Use Survey. Active transport was defined as any walking, jogging or pedal biking for purposes other than enjoyment. Socio-demographic correlates of any active transport participation, meeting current UK guidelines for sufficient activity through active transport, and time spent on active transport, if any, were explored.


4941 individuals took part in the survey and data from 80% were included in the analyses. 28% of respondents reported any active transport and 19% were sufficiently active through active transport. Median time spent in active transport, if any, was 40 min per day (inter-quartile range 20-60 min). Active transport participation was greater in younger people and those without access to a car or van. Being sufficiently active through active transport was additionally associated with being unemployed, being in a less affluent social class, and leaving full time education at an older age.


There is scope for increasing active transport participation in the UK. That more than two thirds of those who report any active transport are sufficiently active through active transport alone may be a useful health promotion message.

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