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Int J Public Health. 2014 Dec;59(6):993-8. doi: 10.1007/s00038-014-0578-2. Epub 2014 Jun 26.

Differences in the social patterning of active travel between urban and rural populations: findings from a large UK household survey.

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Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, YO10 5DD, UK, jayne.hutchinson@york.ac.uk.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the social patterning of active travel of short journeys for urban and rural residents in a large UK representative sample.

METHODS:

Associations between frequently walking or cycling short journeys and socio-demographic factors in the UK Household Longitudinal Study were determined using logistic regression.

RESULTS:

Urban residents were 64 % more likely to frequently engage in active travel than rural residents (95 % CI 1.52, 1.77). Being younger, male, without full-time employment and having a lower income independently predicted greater active travel for both urban and rural residents. Degree level education and not having children were independent predictors for urban, but not rural residents.

CONCLUSIONS:

Actively travelling short journeys is less common and independently associated with fewer socio-demographic factors in rural than in urban populations.

PMID:
24965050
PMCID:
PMC4244531
DOI:
10.1007/s00038-014-0578-2
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