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Where do Children Travel to and What Local Opportunities Are Available? The Relationship Between Neighborhood Destinations and Children’s Independent Mobility

Villanueva, Karen, Giles-Corti, Billie, Bulsara, Max, Timperio, Anna, McCormack, Gavin, Beesley, Bridget, Trapp, Georgina and Middleton, Nicholas 2013, Where do Children Travel to and What Local Opportunities Are Available? The Relationship Between Neighborhood Destinations and Children’s Independent Mobility, Environment and behavior, vol. 45, no. 6, pp. 679-705.

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Title Where do Children Travel to and What Local Opportunities Are Available? The Relationship Between Neighborhood Destinations and Children’s Independent Mobility
Author(s) Villanueva, Karen
Giles-Corti, Billie
Bulsara, Max
Timperio, Anna
McCormack, Gavin
Beesley, Bridget
Trapp, Georgina
Middleton, Nicholas
Journal name Environment and behavior
Volume number 45
Issue number 6
Start page 679
End page 705
Total pages 27
Publisher Sage Publication
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0013-9165
1552-390X
Keyword(s) Children
Independent mobility
Destinations
Neighborhood
Summary Associations between access to local destinations and children’s independent mobility (IM) were examined. In 2007, 10- to 12-year-olds (n = 1,480) and their parents (n = 1,314) completed a survey. Children marked on a map the destinations they walked or cycled to (n = 1,132), and the availability of local destinations was assessed using Geographic Information Systems. More independently mobile children traveled to local destinations than other children. The odds of IM more than halved in both boys and girls whose parents reported living on a busy road (boys, OR = 0.48; girls, OR = 0.36) and in boys who lived near shopping centers (OR = 0.18) or community services (OR = 0.25). Conversely, the odds of IM more than doubled in girls living in neighborhoods with well-connected low-traffic streets (OR = 2.32) and increased in boys with access to local recreational (OR = 1.67) and retail (OR = 1.42) destinations. Creating safe and accessible places and routes may facilitate children’s IM, partly by shaping parent’s and children’s feelings of safety while enhancing their confidence in the child’s ability to use active modes without an adult.
Language eng
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Sage Publications
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