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Barriers to and facilitators of walking and bicycling to school: formative results from the non-motorized travel study

Barriers to and facilitators of walking and bicycling to school: formative results from the non-motorized travel study

Health Education and Behavior 35(2): 221-244

Barriers to and facilitators of walking and bicycling to school were explored through 12 focus groups made up of fourth- and fifth-grade students and their parents who lived near their respective schools. The barriers and facilitators reported by parents and children generally fell into one of three categories: intrapersonal and interpersonal characteristics of parents and children, environmental characteristics of the neighborhood, and environmental and policy characteristics of the school. Findings indicate that a supportive environment is a necessary but insufficient condition to increase walking and biking to school. Initiatives to increase active school travel may need to include multiple levels of intervention to be effective.

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PMID: 18094097

DOI: 10.1177/1090198106288794

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