Do Not Forget About Public Transportation: Analysis of the Association of Active Transportation to School Among Washington, DC Area Children With Parental Perceived Built Environment Measures

Active transportation (such as walking, biking or using public transportation) has been identified as integral to improving physical activity levels among youth and benefiting their health overall. This article reports on findings of the Built Environment and Active Play Study (BEAP), which aims to identify the association between active transportation (AT) to school among youth in Washington, D.C. and parental perceptions of built environment (BE). The study focuses on active transportation to school (ATS), surveying parents of children between 7 and 12 years of age on the number of times their child(ren) walk, bike or use bus or metro to get to school. The study findings reveal ATS-public transportation to be common among children in the Washington D.C. metro area, with over 30% of the children sampled taking ATS-public transportation 5 days a week. Parental perceptions of built environment are found to significantly predict ATS via walking and public transportation.

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  • Accession Number: 01734487
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 17 2019 4:28PM