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A mixed-methods study of the demographic and behavioural correlates of walking to a more distant bus stop


Ragaini, BS and Sharman, MJ and Lyth, A and Jose, KA and Blizzard, L and Peterson, C and Johnston, FH and Palmer, AJ and Aryal, J and Williams, J and Marshall, EA and Morse, M and Cleland, VJ, A mixed-methods study of the demographic and behavioural correlates of walking to a more distant bus stop, Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 6 Article 100164. ISSN 2590-1982 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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2020 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.trip.2020.100164


Walking to more distant public transport stops is commonly promoted for physical activity gain. We examined the uptake of, and reasons for, this behaviour and its correlates through a cross-sectional survey (n=944) and independent interview study (n = 22). Quantitative analysis examined correlates of frequency of walking to more distant bus stops, including demographic variables, past week bus use, bus stop accessibility, and physical activity. Interviews explored reasons for engaging in this behaviour.

Of participants (38%) who had used the bus the previous week, 13%had walked to a more distant bus stop every/most times. Median walking and total physical activity were highest (P=0.003) among this group (210 and 465 min/week, respectively) compared to those who did sometimes (150 and 260 min/week, respectively) or not at all (150 and 270 min/week, respectively). Among interview participants who engaged in this behaviour (n=12), over half did so for physical activity gain, with the remaining being driven by other co-benefits. Many interviewees overlooked the physical activity benefit of this behaviour.

This novel study integrated quantitative and qualitative data and discovered those who walk to more distant public transport stops were generally more physically active than those who do not. While some users were aware of the health benefits, many did so for other reasons.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:health, public health, exercise, travel, environment design, activities of daily living
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Health promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Ragaini, BS (Ms Bruna Silva Ragaini)
UTAS Author:Sharman, MJ (Dr Melanie Sharman)
UTAS Author:Jose, KA (Dr Kim Jose)
UTAS Author:Blizzard, L (Professor Leigh Blizzard)
UTAS Author:Peterson, C (Mr Corey Peterson)
UTAS Author:Johnston, FH (Professor Fay Johnston)
UTAS Author:Palmer, AJ (Professor Andrew Palmer)
UTAS Author:Aryal, J (Dr Jagannath Aryal)
UTAS Author:Cleland, VJ (Associate Professor Verity Cleland)
ID Code:139854
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2020-07-09
Last Modified:2021-07-02
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