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Physical environmental factors that invite older adults to walk for transportation

Van Cauwenberg, Jelle, Van Holle, Veerle, De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse, Clarys, Peter, Nasar, Jack, Salmon, Jo, Maes, Lea, Goubert, Liesbet, Van de Weghe, Nico and Deforche, Benedicte 2014, Physical environmental factors that invite older adults to walk for transportation, Journal of environmental psychology, vol. 38, pp. 94-103, doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2013.12.012.

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Title Physical environmental factors that invite older adults to walk for transportation
Author(s) Van Cauwenberg, Jelle
Van Holle, Veerle
De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse
Clarys, Peter
Nasar, Jack
Salmon, JoORCID iD for Salmon, Jo orcid.org/0000-0002-4734-6354
Maes, Lea
Goubert, Liesbet
Van de Weghe, Nico
Deforche, Benedicte
Journal name Journal of environmental psychology
Volume number 38
Start page 94
End page 103
Total pages 10
Publisher Academic Press
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2014-06
ISSN 0272-4944
Keyword(s) older adults
photographs
physical activity
physical environment
walking
Summary Knowledge on the physical environmental factors that invite older adults to walk for transportation is limited. The current study aimed to investigate the relationships between environmental factors and invitingness to walk for transportation and the potential moderating effects of gender, functional limitations and current walking for transportation behavior. Sixty older participants evaluated 40 panoramic photographs on their invitingness in two ways: a forced choice (first impressions) and a rating task (more deliberate evaluation). Presence of vegetation, benches, and surveillance significantly positively related to both invitingness-measures. Upkeep and presence of historic elements significantly positively related to the assigned invitingness-ratings. For the forced choice task, significant positive relationships emerged for land use and separation between sidewalk and cycling path, but only in functionally limited participants. Environments offering comfort, safety from crime, and pleasantness may attract older adults to walk for transportation. Experimental and on-site studies are needed to elaborate on current findings.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jenvp.2013.12.012
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 ©2014, Academic Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30062439

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