Cycling for transportation in Sao Paulo City: associations with bike paths, train and subway stations

Florindo, Alex Antonio, Barrozo, Ligia Vizeu, Turrell, Gavin, Barbosa, João Paulo dos Anjos Souza, Cabral-Miranda, William, Cesar, Chester Luiz Galvão and Goldbaum, Moisés 2018, Cycling for transportation in Sao Paulo City: associations with bike paths, train and subway stations, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 15, no. 4, doi: 10.3390/ijerph15040562.

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Title Cycling for transportation in Sao Paulo City: associations with bike paths, train and subway stations
Author(s) Florindo, Alex Antonio
Barrozo, Ligia Vizeu
Turrell, GavinORCID iD for Turrell, Gavin
Barbosa, João Paulo dos Anjos Souza
Cabral-Miranda, William
Cesar, Chester Luiz Galvão
Goldbaum, Moisés
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 15
Issue number 4
Total pages 12
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2018-03-21
ISSN 1661-7827
Keyword(s) Brazil
bike paths
cycling for transportation
subway stations
train stations
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Summary Cities that support cycling for transportation reap many public health benefits. However, the prevalence of this mode of transportation is low in Latin American countries and the association with facilities such as bike paths and train/subway stations have not been clarified. We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of the relationship between bike paths, train/subway stations and cycling for transportation in adults from the city of Sao Paulo. We used data from the Sao Paulo Health Survey (n = 3145). Cycling for transportation was evaluated by a questionnaire and bike paths and train/subway stations were geocoded using the geographic coordinates of the adults' residential addresses in 1500-m buffers. We used multilevel logistic regression, taking account of clustering by census tract and households. The prevalence of cycling for transportation was low (5.1%), and was more prevalent in males, singles, those active in leisure time, and in people with bicycle ownership in their family. Cycling for transportation was associated with bike paths up to a distance of 500 m from residences (OR (Odds Ratio) = 2.54, 95% CI (Confidence interval) 1.16-5.54) and with the presence of train/subway stations for distances >500 m from residences (OR = 2.07, 95% CI 1.10-3.86). These results are important to support policies to improve cycling for transportation in megacities such as Sao Paulo.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph15040562
Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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