Journal article

Differences in associations between active transportation and built environmental exposures when expressed using different components of individual activity spaces

Torbjorn van Heeswijck, Catherine Paquet, Yan Kestens, Benoit Thierry, Catherine Morency, Mark Daniel

Health & Place | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2015


This study assessed relationships between built environmental exposures measured within components of individual activity spaces (i.e., travel origins, destinations and paths in-between), and use of active transportation in a metropolitan setting. Individuals (n=37,165) were categorised as using active or sedentary transportation based on travel survey data. Generalised Estimating Equations analysis was used to test relationships with active transportation. Strength and significance of relationships between exposures and active transportation varied for different components of the activity space. Associations were strongest when including travel paths in expression of the built environment. ..

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Awarded by Canada Foundation for Innovation

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia)

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors express appreciation to the Ministere des Transports du Quebec, Direction generale de Montreal, for enabling this research through sharing data from l'EnqueteOrigine-Destination. Data integration and spatial data were supported by a grant to Mark Daniel from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (Project no. 201252). Catherine Paquet was funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) Post-doctoral Training Research Fellowship (#570139). Yan Kestens holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Applied Public Health Chair in Urban Interventions and Population Health,