Journal article

Daily Walking among Commuters: A Cross-Sectional Study of Associations with Residential, Work, and Regional Accessibility in Melbourne, Australia (2012-2014)

Alison Barr, Koen Simons, Suzanne Mavoa, Hannah Badland, Billie Giles-Corti, Jan Scheurer, Elizabeth Korevaar, Josh Stewart, Rebecca Bentley



BACKGROUND: Most research on walking for transport has focused on the walkability of residential neighborhoods, overlooking the contribution of places of work/study and the ease with which destinations outside the immediate neighborhood can be accessed, referred to as regional accessibility. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to examine if local accessibility/walkability around place of work/study and regional accessibility are independently and interactively associated with walking. METHODS: A sample of 4,913 adult commuters was derived from a household travel survey in Melbourne, Australia (2012-2014). Local accessibility was measured as the availability of destinations within an 800-m pedestrian networ..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)

Awarded by NHMRC Early Career Fellowship

Awarded by NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship

Awarded by Australian Research Council Future Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge Professor T. Blakely (University of Melbourne), Dr. A Singh (University of Melbourne), and Ms. Zoe Aitkin (University of Melbourne) for the provision of epidemiological advice; the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) for the provision of the VISTA data, partnership support; and expert advice; the Victorian Roads Corporation (VicRoads) for the provision of VITM data, partnership support, and expert advice; the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) for project funding, partnership support and expert advice; and the Australian Research Council (ARC) for project funding (LP140100680).S.M. is supported by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (#11201035). B.G.C. is supported by an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship (#1107672). H.B. is supported by an RMIT University Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship and is the 2018 Australian Health Promotion Association Thinker in Residence. R.B. is supported by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (150100131).