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Trial characteristics as correlates of urban trail use


Reynolds, KD and Wolch, J and Byrne, J and Chou, CP and Feng, G and Weaver, S and Jerrett, M, Trial characteristics as correlates of urban trail use, American Journal of Health Promotion, 21, (4) pp. 335-345. ISSN 0890-1171 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2007 by American Journal of Health Promotion, Inc.

DOI: doi:10.4278/0890-1171-21.4s.335


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify the environmental correlates of urban trail use.

Design: Three multiuse urban trails at least 15 miles in length were selected. Trails were divided into one-half-mile segments (N = 102 total segments) and marked in the field. An audit of each trail was completed identifying built environmental features. A cross-sectional count of trail users was completed at each segment estimating the type of use, age, gender.

Setting: Data collection occurred on urban trails in Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles.

Subjects: Trained observers counted 17,338 users across the three trails.

Measures: The SPACES for Trails instrument was used, and a trail count data collection sheet was developed.

Analysis: Univariate and multivariate Poisson regressions controlling for location of trail and density of the population within 1 mile of the trail.

Results: Positive associations with trail use were observed for mixed views (beta = .33, p < .0001), streetlights (beta = .30, p < .0001), good trail condition (beta = .28, p < .0001), and the presence of cafés (beta = .38, p < .0001) and other trailside facilities (beta =.08, p < .0001). Negative associations were observed for litter (beta = -.22, p < .0001), noise (beta = -.41, p < .0001), higher vegetation density (beta = -. 10, p < .001), drainage features (beta = -.67, p < .0003), natural areas adjacent to the trail (beta = -.39, p < .0001), and tunnel present (beta = -.20, p < .04).

Conclusions: These correlates should be confirmed in other studies and if supported should be considered in the promotion and design of urban trails.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:exercise, city planning, environment design, recreation, prevention research,
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Byrne, J (Professor Jason Byrne)
ID Code:125330
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:62
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-04-13
Last Modified:2018-05-04

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