Journal article

Environmental and socio-demographic associates of children's active transport to school: a cross-sectional investigation from the URBAN Study

Melody Oliver, Hannah Badland, Suzanne Mavoa, Karen Witten, Robin Kearns, Anne Ellaway, Erica Hinckson, Lisa Mackay, Philip J Schluter



BACKGROUND: Active transport (e.g., walking, cycling) to school (ATS) can contribute to children's physical activity and health. The built environment is acknowledged as an important factor in understanding children's ATS, alongside parental factors and seasonality. Inconsistencies in methodological approaches exist, and a clear understanding of factors related to ATS remains equivocal. The purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of associates of children's ATS, by considering the effects of daily weather patterns and neighbourhood walk ability and neighbourhood preferences (i.e., for living in a high or low walkable neighbourhood) on this behaviour. METHODS: Data were drawn..

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Awarded by Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand

Awarded by Neighbourhoods and Health project

Awarded by UK Medical Research Council

Awarded by Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was developed through the Understanding Relationships Between Neighbourhoods and Physical Activity (URBAN) study, funded by the Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand [grant number: 07/356], and the Neighbourhoods and Health project, supported by the [grant: 08/048]. The funding bodies were not involved in the design, conduct, data collection, management, or publication of the study. The authors also gratefully acknowledge the participants who completed the study, research assistants who collected the data and the territorial authorities for providing the GIS datasets. Anne Ellaway is supported by the UK Medical Research Council (MC_UU_12017/8).