Assessing urban walking trail use and changes in the trail environment using systematic observational protocols

Duncan C. Meyers, Dawn K. Wilson, Kassandra A. Kugler, Natalie Colabianchi, Thomas L. McKenzie, Barbara Ainsworth, Julian Reed, Sara C. Schmidt

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Abstract

This study evaluated the extent to which two systematic observation protocols which were modified for underserved communities (low income, minorities) could be utilized to reliably assess (a) use of walking trails and (b) physical environmental features of these trails. This study was a supplement to the Positive Action for Today's Health (PATH) walking trial. The modified tools were shown to be reliable methods for (a) measuring trail use and (b) assessing physical features of the trail in underserved environments. Reliability data for measuring trail use were found to be high (ICC=98, p<.01). Reliabilities for measuring features of the trail ranged from fair to highly reliable (κ=77-1.00; ICC=34-1.00). The observation tools that were customized for this study were shown to be reliable instruments for measuring trail use and assessing physical features of walking trails in underserved communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)991-999
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Place
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012

Keywords

  • African Americans
  • Low income
  • Observational methods
  • Physical activity
  • Walking trails

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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