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Br J Sports Med. 2010 Oct;44(13):924-33. doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2009.058701. Epub 2009 Apr 29.

The development of a walkability index: application to the Neighborhood Quality of Life Study.

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School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia, 231-1933 West Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6T 1Z2.


Emerging evidence supports a link between neighbourhood built environment and physical activity. Systematic methodologies for characterising neighbourhood built environment are needed that take advantage of available population information such as census-level demographics. Based on transportation and urban planning literatures, an integrated index for operationalising walkability using parcel-level information is proposed. Validity of the walkability index is examined through travel surveys among areas examined in the Neighborhood Quality of Life Study (NQLS), a study investigating built environment correlates of adults' physical activity.

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