Journal article

On your bike! a cross-sectional study of the individual, social and environmental correlates of cycling to school

Georgina SA Trapp, Billie Giles-Corti, Hayley E Christian, Max Bulsara, Anna F Timperio, Gavin R McCormack, Karen P Villaneuva



BACKGROUND: Active school transport (AST) has declined rapidly in recent decades. While many studies have examined walking, cycling to school has received very little attention. Correlates of cycling are likely to differ to those from walking and cycling enables AST from further distances. This study examined individual, social and environmental factors associated with cycling to school among elementary school-aged children, stratified by gender. METHODS: Children (n = 1197) attending 25 Australian primary schools located in high or low walkable neighborhoods, completed a one-week travel diary and a parent/child questionnaire on travel habits and attitudes. RESULTS: Overall, 31.2% of boys an..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Awarded by VicHealth Public Health Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council [403933]; the National Health and Medical Research Council Capacity Building Grant [458668 to GSAT, HC and GRM]; an Australian Postgraduate Award [to GSAT. and KV.]; a National Health and Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellow Award [1004900 to BGC]; a VicHealth Public Health Fellowship [2004 0536 to AFT.]; and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Bisby Postdoctoral Fellowship Award [to GRM]. Walking WA is the industry partner on this project and the input of members of this Committee is gratefully acknowledged, particularly Alice Haning (Department of Transport) who has supported the project.