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ERIC Number: EJ793744
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1981
Barriers to and Facilitators of Walking and Bicycling to School: Formative Results from the Non-Motorized Travel Study
Ahlport, Kathryn N.; Linnan, Laura; Vaughn, Amber; Evenson, Kelly R.; Ward, Dianne S.
Health Education & Behavior, v35 n2 p221-244 2008
Barriers to and facilitators of walking and bicycling to school were explored through 12 focus groups made up of fourth- and fifth-grade students and their parents who lived near their respective schools. The barriers and facilitators reported by parents and children generally fell into one of three categories: intrapersonal and interpersonal characteristics of parents and children, environmental characteristics of the neighborhood, and environmental and policy characteristics of the school. Findings indicate that a supportive environment is a necessary but insufficient condition to increase walking and biking to school. Initiatives to increase active school travel may need to include multiple levels of intervention to be effective. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A