Pedestrian activity among California adults

Anna E. Mathews, Natalie Colabianchi, Brent Hutto, Delores M. Pluto, Steve P. Hooker

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Scopus citations

Abstract

Background: The objectives of this study were to assess (1) pedestrian activity levels among adults, (2) where and why adults engage in pedestrian activity, and (3) what adults consider when deciding where to engage in pedestrian activity. Methods: Pedestrian activity was assessed in 12,036 California adults, ≥18 years, using a random digit-dial telephone survey. Results: Significant differences were identified by race, sex, age, and physical activity level in the type, location, and purpose of pedestrian activities. Men engage in pedestrian activity at work, and women engage in pedestrian activity while escorting children to school and running errands. Whites primarily engage in leisure-time pedestrian activity, and non-whites are more likely to engage in pedestrian activity for transportation. Older adults were less active than their younger counterparts. Conclusions: These findings should be considered by public health agencies and their partners as they continue to increase and promote opportunities for pedestrian activity. Additional research is needed to assess older adults' physical activity patterns and preferences, barriers, and facilitators to effectively tailor physical activity promotion efforts to this at-risk group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-23
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2009

    Fingerprint

Keywords

  • Adults
  • Physical activity
  • Survey research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Cite this

Mathews, A. E., Colabianchi, N., Hutto, B., Pluto, D. M., & Hooker, S. P. (2009). Pedestrian activity among California adults. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 6(1), 15-23. https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.6.1.15