Active travel: using wearable technology to analyse daily travel behaviour

Research findings from a wide range of health studies indicate that engaging in regular physical activity (PA) has positive effects on health outcomes. Travel, particularly commuting, consumes a significant proportion of the daily activity in which people engage. Driving, in general, is the least physically demanding travel mode and contributes to modern sedentary lifestyles and the associated health problems. Using public transport, as well as walking and cycling, provides opportunities for individuals to increase their levels of PA on a regular basis. The goal of this exploratory study was to test and evaluate a unique combination of data collection instruments and techniques to gain an in-depth understanding of travel related PA. This instrument ‘kit’ provided an accurate spatial and temporal account of daily activities, as well as supplementary contextual data (e.g. heart rate, conditions of the transport infrastructure and services, level of enjoyment) that are not commonly collected in travel and health studies. Participants in office-based (sedentary) occupations (n=50, data collection still underway) were asked to wear a Garmin smartwatch and EDESIX wearable camera (objective measures) and complete a selfreport time-use diary for two days, followed by a reconstruction interview a few days later (self-report measures). The combined quantitative (GPS tracks, heart rate, PA, distances, activity duration) and qualitative (contextual information from the video footage and reconstruction interviews) data enabled us to cross-validate GPS and PA data with the diary reports, but also in order to better understand activity scheduling and travel mode choices.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 15 p
  • Monograph Title: 41st Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF), 30 September to 2 October 2019, Canberra, ACT

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  • Accession Number: 01733389
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Limited
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 16 2020 11:59AM