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Greenway Accessibility and Physical Activity Behavior

Title: Greenway Accessibility and Physical Activity Behavior.
Name(s): Coutts, Christopher, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2008
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Public health initiatives have made important but relatively modest gains with individual-level and non-ecological health promotion efforts aimed at increasing physical activity. The previously overlooked built environment is now being considered as facilitating or hindering one's ability to be active. The multi-use greenway is an example of a facility which can support physical activity, but its level of use may be influenced by the accessibility characteristics of areas surrounding the greenway. In this study, an unobtrusive methodology using GPS and GIS technology was employed to test whether two variables used to measure accessibility, proximity (population density) and opportunities (land use mixture), predicted the use of greenway segments. The results presented here allow us to confirm that smaller walking and biking scales of analysis are better predictors of physical activity behavior. The results also suggest that solely bringing environmental supports for physical activity closer to concentrated areas of population does not necessarily equate to more use. It is important that areas with increased population density also have increased levels of land use mixture if increasing use is the goal.
Identifier: FSU_migr_durp_faculty_publications-0004 (IID), 10.1068/b3406 (DOI)
Note: Final version of the article published in Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. Copyright © 2008 Pion Ltd and its Licensors. Accessible at
Citation: Coutts C, 2008, "Greenway accessibility and physical-activity behavior" Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 35(3) 552 – 563
Subject(s): Social sciences
Cities and towns -- Study and teaching
City planning
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Department of Urban and Regional Planning Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design.
Issue: 3, 35

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