Regional variations in walking for different purposes - The South East Queensland quality of life study
AuthorLeslie, E; McCrea, R; Cerin, E; Stimson, R
Source TitleEnvironment and Behavior
PublisherSAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
University of Melbourne Author/sStimson, Robert
AffiliationSchool of Earth Sciences
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsLeslie, E., McCrea, R., Cerin, E. & Stimson, R. (2007). Regional variations in walking for different purposes - The South East Queensland quality of life study. ENVIRONMENT AND BEHAVIOR, 39 (4), pp.557-577. https://doi.org/10.1177/0013916506287358.
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Where people are located can influence behavioral choices and health outcomes through the effects of place on health. Walking is the most commonly reported form of nonoccupational and nonhousehold physical activity for adults. It is a behavior of particular interest to those in the transportation, urban planning, and public health fields. Researchers have examined patterns of walking from both an individual perspective (psychological and social factors) and from a broader community focus (location and built environment factors). The majority of studies have examined walking in the context of urban environments. Variations within regions (urban, periurban, and rural, for example) in walking have not been previously described. We use data from a regionally based quality of life survey to examine subregional variations in walking for particular purposes. Both the social and contextual variations that may underlie these differences are considered. This is useful in helping identify particular factors that may be further investigated in disaggregated analyses using GIS methods to identify specific differences in objective attributes between subregions that may influence peoples' choices to walk, such as walking infrastructure and the availability of destinations.
KeywordsUrban and Regional Planning
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