Patterns and predictors of changes in active commuting over 12 months

  • Panter J
  • Griffin S
  • Dalton A
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Abstract

Objective: To assess the predictors of uptake and maintenance of walking and cycling, and of switching to the car as the usual mode of travel, for commuting. Methods: 655 commuters in Cambridge, UK reported all commuting trips using a seven-day recall instrument in 2009 and 2010. Individual and household characteristics, psychological measures relating to car use and environmental conditions on the route to work were self-reported in 2009. Objective environmental characteristics were assessed using Geographical Information Systems. Associations between uptake and maintenance of commuting behaviours and potential predictors were modelled using multivariable logistic regression. Results: Mean within-participant changes in commuting were relatively small (walking: +. 3.0. min/week, s.d.= 66.7; cycling: - 5.3. min/week, s.d.= 74.7). Self-reported and objectively-assessed convenience of public transport predicted uptake of walking and cycling respectively, while convenient cycle routes predicted uptake of cycling and a pleasant route predicted maintenance of walking. A lack of free workplace parking predicted uptake of walking and alternatives to the car. Less favourable attitudes towards car use predicted continued use of alternatives to the car. Conclusions: Improving the convenience of walking, cycling and public transport and limiting the availability of workplace car parking may promote uptake and maintenance of active commuting. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Adults
  • Behavioural change
  • Cycling
  • Environment design
  • Epidemiology
  • Follow-up studies
  • Health promotion
  • Longitudinal study
  • Physical activity and health
  • Walking

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