Child transport practices and perceived barriers in active commuting to school

J. Yeung, S.C. Wearing, A.P. Hills

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    Abstract

    This study evaluated the transport practices of school children and perceived factors that influenced parental decisions regarding their child's use of active transport to commute to school. A self-administered parental questionnaire (n = 324) was used to determine the transport practices of school children and factors that influence parental decisions regarding their child's use of active transport to school. The relationship between transportation modes (active vs. passive), distance and descriptive variables were evaluated. Despite a median commuting distance of 2.5 km (0.1-28.0 km), only one-third of school trips involved active transport. Children using active transport commuted shorter distances (1.5 vs. 3.6 km), were older (10 vs. 8 years) and more likely to be male than those using motorised transport (P < 0.05). While logistic regression revealed only commuting distance was significantly associated with an increased odds of active transport (OR 0.29, 95% CI 0.17-0.48), the most frequently reported factors influencing parental decisions regarding their child's use of active transport were: (1) the age of child; (2) provision of safe walking paths; (3) adult supervision; (4) commuting distance, and (5) child's fitness level. While the majority of these factors have been identified within the literature, their validity has yet to be established.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)895-900
    Number of pages5
    JournalTransportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
    Volume42
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Keywords

    • child behaviour
    • physical fitness
    • school
    • transportation
    • walking

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