This study examines predictors of active commuting to school among children and adolescents’ over a 2-year period.
- Results report that children whose parents know many people in the neighborhood are more likely to increase their active commuting compared with other children.
- Parents of adolescents who perceived there to be insufficient traffic lights and pedestrian crossings in their neighborhood were less likely to increase their active commuting.
- This study implies that social factors as well as physical environmental characteristics are the most important predictors of active commuting among children and adolescents.
Hume, Clare, Timperio, Anna, Salmon, Jo, Carver, Alison, Giles-Cortie, Billie and Crawford, David. “Walking and Cycling to School: Predictors of Increases Among Children and Adolescents.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 36.3 (2009): 195-200.