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The association of trail features with self-report trail use by neighborhood residents

Johansen, C, Reynolds, KD, Wolch, J, Byrne, JA ORCID: 0000-0001-8733-0333, Chou, C-P, Boyle, S, Spruijt-Metz, D, Lienemann, BA, Weaver, S and Jerrett, M 2020 , 'The association of trail features with self-report trail use by neighborhood residents' , Journal of Physical Activity and Health , pp. 1-8 , doi: 10.1123/jpah.2019-0347.

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Abstract

Background: Urban trails are a useful resource to promote physical activity. This study identified features of urban trails that correlated with trail use. Methods:Multiuse urban trails were selected in Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles. An audit of each trail was completed using the Systematic Pedestrian and Cyclist Environmental Scan for Trails instrument, identifying built environmental features. A self-report of trail use was obtained from trailside residents (N = 331) living within 1 mile of each trail. Univariate and multivariate Poisson regressions controlled for trail time from home and motivation for physical activity. Results: Positive associations with the past month’s hours on the trail were observed for the presence of distance signs, vegetation height, vegetation maintenance, and trail crowding, and a negative association was observed for the presence of crossings on the trail. Positive associations with dichotomous trail use were observed for the presence of distance signs, vegetation height, and vegetation maintenance, and a negative association was observed for the presence of crossings on the trail. Conclusions: These correlates should be confirmed in other studies and, if supported, should be considered in the promotion and design of urban trails.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Johansen, C and Reynolds, KD and Wolch, J and Byrne, JA and Chou, C-P and Boyle, S and Spruijt-Metz, D and Lienemann, BA and Weaver, S and Jerrett, M
Keywords: urban trails, cities, physical activity, trail characteristics, health promotion, city planning, exercise, environmental design, recreation
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Physical Activity and Health
Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc.
ISSN: 1543-3080
DOI / ID Number: 10.1123/jpah.2019-0347
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