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Active travel by built environment and lifecycle stage: Case study of Osaka metropolitan area

Owen Waygood, Yilin Sun and Laurence Letarte

Article (2015)

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Active travel can contribute to physical activity achieved over a day. Previous studies have examined active travel associated with trips in various western countries, but few studies have examined this question for the Asian context. Japan has high levels of cycling, walking and public transport, similar to The Netherlands. Most studies have focused either on children or on adults separately, however, having children in a household will change the travel needs and wants of that household. Thus, here a household lifecycle stage approach is applied. Further, unlike many previous studies, the active travel related to public transport is included. Lastly, further to examining whether the built environment has an influence on the accumulation of active travel minutes, a binary logistic regression examines the built environment's influence on the World Health Organization's recommendations of physical activity. The findings suggest that there is a clear distinction between the urbanized centers and the surrounding towns and unurbanized areas. Further, active travel related to public transport trips is larger than pure walking trips. Females and children are more likely to achieve the WHO recommendations. Finally, car ownership is a strong negative influence.

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Adult; Age Factors; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Asian Continental Ancestry Group/psychology; Automobile Driving/statistics & numerical data; Bicycling/statistics & numerical data; Environment Design; Exercise/*psychology; Family Characteristics; Female; Humans; Japan; Logistic Models; Male; Middle Aged; Rural Population/statistics & numerical data; Transportation/statistics & numerical data; Travel/statistics & numerical data; Urban Population/statistics & numerical data; Walking/statistics & numerical data; Young Adult; active travel; built environment; household lifecycle stage

Subjects: 1000 Civil engineering > 1003 Transportation engineering
1500 Environmental engineering > 1500 Environmental engineering
Department: Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/5171/
Journal Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (vol. 12, no. 12)
Publisher: MDPI
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph121215027
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph121215027
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2022 13:29
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2024 18:56
Cite in APA 7: Waygood, O., Sun, Y., & Letarte, L. (2015). Active travel by built environment and lifecycle stage: Case study of Osaka metropolitan area. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(12), 15900-15924. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph121215027


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