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Physical environmental factors that invite older adults to walk for transportation

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posted on 01.06.2014, 00:00 authored by J Van Cauwenberg, V Van Holle, I De Bourdeaudhuij, P Clarys, J Nasar, Jo SalmonJo Salmon, L Maes, L Goubert, N Van de Weghe, B Deforche
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.



Journal of environmental psychology




94 - 103


Academic Press


London, England





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C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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