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Common ground: Eight factors that influence walking and biking to school

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  • Stewart, Orion
  • Vernez Moudon, Anne
  • Claybrooke, Charlotte

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The primary goals of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are to increase the number and safety of children walking, biking or using other forms of active travel to school (ATS). This study reviewed quantitative and qualitative research and identified eight common factors that influenced the choice of ATS: distance to school, parental fear of traffic and crime, family schedule constraints and values, neighborhood and family resources and culture, weather, and school characteristics. Suggestions were made as to how these barriers and facilitators of ATS could be integrated into the decision to fund local SRTS programs and to improve their effectiveness.

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  • Stewart, Orion & Vernez Moudon, Anne & Claybrooke, Charlotte, 2012. "Common ground: Eight factors that influence walking and biking to school," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 240-248.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:trapol:v:24:y:2012:i:c:p:240-248 DOI: 10.1016/j.tranpol.2012.06.016
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    1. Broberg, Anna & Sarjala, Satu, 2015. "School travel mode choice and the characteristics of the urban built environment: The case of Helsinki, Finland," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(C), pages 1-10.
    2. Buckley, Aaron & Lowry, Michael B. & Brown, Helen & Barton, Benjamin, 2013. "Evaluating safe routes to school events that designate days for walking and bicycling," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 30(C), pages 294-300.
    3. McDonald, Noreen C. & Yang, Yizhao & Abbott, Steve M. & Bullock, Allison N., 2013. "Impact of the Safe Routes to School program on walking and biking: Eugene, Oregon study," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 243-248.

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    Safe Routes to School; Walk; Pedestrian; Bike; Child; Safety;

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