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J Community Health. 2012 Oct;37(5):949-56. doi: 10.1007/s10900-011-9530-z.

Trail user demographics, physical activity behaviors, and perceptions of a newly constructed greenway trail.

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Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield, CT 06825, USA.


To better understand and promote physical activity on a newly constructed trail, the present study examined the demographic characteristics and physical activity behaviors of trail users; the demographic characteristics of trail users compared to the demographic profile Greenville County, South Carolina residents; trail users' purpose for using the trail; the distance trail users traveled to access the trail from their homes; channels through which trail users learned about the trail; and trail characteristics liked by trail users. Using a valid and reliable intercept survey, 1,148 trail users were interviewed. Trail users were mostly white (93.1%), male (59.1%) adults (84.2%) who reported using the trail for exercise (91%). Significant associations were identified between trail user demographic characteristics and how trail users learned about the trail and trail characteristics liked by trail users. The findings may contribute to the development of targeted health promotion efforts to promote physical activity on this and similar trails.

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