Destinations that matter: Associations with walking for transport

  • Cerin E
  • Leslie E
  • Toit L
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Abstract

Associations between access to destinations and walking for transport were examined. Households (N=2650) were selected from 32 urban communities varying in walkability and socio-economic status. Respondents reported perceived proximity of destinations, transport-related walking, reasons for neighbourhood selection, and socio-demographic characteristics. Geographic Information Systems data defined objective measures of access to destinations. Measures of access to destinations were associated with transport-related walking. Associations depended on socio-demographic factors and type of destinations. Workplace proximity was the most significant contributor to transport-related walking, especially among women. Regular walking to work resulted in the accrual of sufficient physical activity for health benefits. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Access to destinations
  • Land-use mix
  • Moderators
  • Physical activity
  • Socio-demographics
  • Walking for transport

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