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Toward an understanding of children's perceptions of their transport geographies nonactive school travel and visual representations of the built environment

Caroline Fusco; Fiona Moola; Guy Faulkner; Ron Buliung; Vanessa Richichi

Journal of Transport Geography 20(1): 0-70


ISSN/ISBN: 0966-6923
DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2011.07.001
Accession: 036182298

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Environmental measures that are designed to facilitate changes in opportunities for active school transport (AST) do not often account for individuals interpretations of the built environment (BE) in different urban contexts. The Built Environment and Active School Transport (BEAT) project was undertaken to explore the ways in which the transport-BE interface gives rise to the use of active or non-active travel modes as the primary travel mode for school trips. We wanted to know how children experienced and understood the transport-built environment relationship. We selected four Toronto elementary school sites in areas that differed with respect to socio-economic status and. Highlights: Children s experiences are often absent in school travel studies. BEAT explores how transport-built environment interfaces with school travel. Photovoice is used to explore narratives of children s transport geographies. Children s transport contexts are experienced differently across travel modes. AST initiatives should respond to children s diverse transport geographies.

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