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Current cycling, bicycle path use, and willingness to cycle more—findings from a community survey of cycling in southwest Sydney, Australia

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posted on 2010-03-01, 00:00 authored by C Rissel, D Merom, A Bauman, Jan Garrard, L M Wen, C New
BACKGROUND: Encouraging cycling could increase levels of physical activity and health in the community. A population survey of cycling and physical activity was conducted as part of the baseline evaluation of a new intervention research project (Cycling Connecting Communities). METHODS: A telephone survey of adults (18+) living within 2 kilometers of selected major new bicycle paths in 3 local government areas in south western Sydney, Australia was conducted using a 2-stage sampling method. Multiple logistic regression analyses examined factors associated with riding in the last year, wanting to cycle more, and use of local bicycle paths. RESULTS: With a 65% response rate, 1450 interviews were completed. Having ridden a bicycle in the past year was associated with younger age, being male, having access to a bicycle, and living close to destinations of interest. Two thirds of respondents (65%) wanted to ride more than they currently did. Factors associated with wanting to ride more were having children aged between 5-18 years, having used local bicycle paths, and perceptions of ease of cycling. CONCLUSIONS: The study found that there is a latent desire for more cycling among respondents, prompted to some extent by having children of an age (5-18 years) that like cycling, and having a reasonable opportunity to cycle due to local bicycle paths. Being relatively close to destinations of interest increases the likelihood of recent cycling.



Journal of physical activity & health






267 - 272


Human Kinetics


Champaign, Ill.







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C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2010, Human Kinetics