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A mixed-methods study of the demographic and behavioural correlates of walking to a more distant bus stop

Ragaini, BS, Sharman, MJ, Lyth, A, Jose, KA ORCID: 0000-0002-9346-6429, Blizzard, L ORCID: 0000-0002-9541-6943, Peterson, C ORCID: 0000-0002-5678-1788, Johnston, FH ORCID: 0000-0002-5150-8678, Palmer, AJ ORCID: 0000-0002-9703-7891, Aryal, J ORCID: 0000-0002-4875-2127, Williams, J, Marshall, EA, Morse, M and Cleland, VJ ORCID: 0000-0001-8358-3237 2020 , 'A mixed-methods study of the demographic and behavioural correlates of walking to a more distant bus stop' , Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, vol. 6 , pp. 1-7 , doi:

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Walking to more distant public transport stops is commonly promoted for physical activity gain.We examined the uptake of, and reasons for, this behaviour and its correlates through a cross-sectional survey (n=944)and independent interview study (n = 22). Quantitative analysis examined correlates of frequency of walking to moredistant bus stops, including demographic variables, past week bus use, bus stop accessibility, and physical activity. Interviewsexplored reasons for engaging in this behaviour.Of participants (38%) who had used the bus the previous week, 13%had walked to a more distant bus stop every/mosttimes. Median walking and total physical activity were highest (P=0.003) among this group (210 and 465 min/week,respectively) compared to those who did sometimes (150 and 260 min/week, respectively) or not at all (150 and 270min/week, respectively). Among interview participants who engaged in this behaviour (n=12), over half did so forphysical activity gain, with the remaining being driven by other co-benefits. Many interviewees overlooked thephysical activity benefit of this behaviour.This novel study integrated quantitative and qualitative data and discovered those who walk to more distant publictransport stops were generally more physically active than those who do not. While some users were aware of thehealth benefits, many did so for other reasons.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Ragaini, BS and Sharman, MJ and Lyth, A and Jose, KA and Blizzard, L and Peterson, C and Johnston, FH and Palmer, AJ and Aryal, J and Williams, J and Marshall, EA and Morse, M and Cleland, VJ
Keywords: health, public health, exercise, travel, environment design, activities of daily living
Journal or Publication Title: Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
ISSN: 2590-1982
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