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Proximity and perceived safety as determinants of urban trail use: findings from a three-city study


Wolch, JR and Tatalovich, Z and Spruijt-Metz, D and Byrne, J and Jerrett, M and Chou, C-P and Weaver, S and Wang, L and Fulton, W and Reynolds, K, Proximity and perceived safety as determinants of urban trail use: findings from a three-city study, Environment and Planning A, 42, (1) pp. 57-97. ISSN 0308-518X (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1068/a41302


In this study we focus on individual and environmental determinants of urban trail use in three diverse urban settings: Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Explanatory factors include individual psychosocial and health characteristics, distance between home and trail, and land-use and social characteristics of trailside neighborhoods. Model results suggest that intrinsic motivation, general health status, perceived trail safety, perceived miles between home and trail, and neighborhood connectivity were significantly related to probability of trail use and extent of trail use, while workingclass status, commuting distance, and physical barriers to the trail were negatively related. Efforts to increase perceived trail safety, accessibility, and awareness about trails thus may result in a higher rate of trail use and more time spent on urban trails.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:accessibility, class, commuting, connectivity, health status, land use, neighborhood, safety, urban area
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Other Indigenous studies
Research Field:Other Indigenous studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Byrne, J (Professor Jason Byrne)
ID Code:125278
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-04-11
Last Modified:2018-05-03

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