TransMilenio, a Scalable Bus Rapid Transit System for Promoting Physical Activity

Transport systems can play an important role in increasing physical activity (PA). Bogotá has been recognized for its bus rapid transit (BRT) system, TransMilenio (TM). To date, BRTs have been implemented in over 160 cities worldwide. The aim of this study was to assess the association between PA and the use of TM among adults in Bogotá. The study consists of a cross-sectional study conducted from 2010 to 2011 with 1000 adults. PA was measured using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire. In a subsample of 250 adults, PA was objectively measured using ActiGraph accelerometers. Analyses were conducted using multilevel logistic regression models. The use of TM was associated with meeting moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA). TM users were more likely to complete an average of >22 min a day of MVPA (odds ratio [OR]=3.1, confidence interval [CI]=95 % 1.4–7.1) and to walk for transportation for =150 min per week (OR=1.5; CI=95 % 1.1–2.0). The use of TM was associated with 12 or more minutes of MVPA (95 % CI 4.5–19.4, p<0.0001). Associations between meeting PA recommendations and use of TM did not differ by socioeconomic status (p value=0.106) or sex (p value=0.288). The use of TM is a promising strategy for enhancing public health efforts to reduce physical inactivity through walking for transport. Given the expansion of BRTs, these results could inform the development of transport PA programs in low- to high-income countries.

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  • Authors:
    • Lemoine, Pablo D
    • Sarmiento, Olga L
    • Pinzón, Jose David
    • Meisel, Jose D
    • Montes, Felipe
    • Hidalgo, Dario
    • Pratt, Michael
    • Zambrano, Juan Manuel
    • Cordovez, Juan Manuel
    • Zarama, Roberto
  • Publication Date: 2016-4


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  • Accession Number: 01603341
  • Record Type: Publication
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  • Created Date: May 25 2016 12:01PM