Perceived neighbourhood environmental attributes associated with adults׳ recreational walking: IPEN Adult study in 12 countries

Takemi Sugiyama, Ester Cerin, Neville Owen, Adewale L Oyeyemi, Terry L Conway, Delfien Van Dyck, Jasper Schipperijn, Duncan J Macfarlane, Deborah Salvo, Rodrigo S Reis, Josef Mitáš, Olga L Sarmiento, Rachel Davey, Grant Schofield, Rosario Orzanco-Garralda, James F Sallis

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Abstract

This study examined the strength and shape of associations between perceived environmental attributes and adults' recreational walking, using data collected from 13,745 adult participants in 12 countries. Perceived residential density, land use mix, street connectivity, aesthetics, safety from crime, and proximity to parks were linearly associated with recreational walking, while curvilinear associations were found for residential density, land use mix, and aesthetics. The observed associations were consistent across countries, except for aesthetics. Using data collected from environmentally diverse countries, this study confirmed findings from prior single-country studies. Present findings suggest that similar environmental attributes are associated with recreational walking internationally.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth & Place
Volume28
Pages (from-to)22-30
Number of pages9
ISSN1353-8292
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • Built environment
  • Exercise
  • Leisure
  • Physical activity
  • Urban design
  • South America
  • Hong Kong
  • United States
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Residence Characteristics/statistics & numerical data
  • Male
  • Urban Population
  • Young Adult
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Environment Design/statistics & numerical data
  • Esthetics
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Europe
  • Social Class
  • New Zealand
  • Regression Analysis
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Recreation
  • Adolescent
  • Walking/psychology
  • Mexico
  • Perception
  • Aged
  • Australia

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