Prevalence of active commuting at urban and suburban elementary schools in Columbia, SC

John R. Sirard, Barbara E. Ainsworth, Kerri L. McIver, Russell R. Pate

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We directly observed the prevalence of walking and bicycling (active commuting) to 8 randomly selected urban and suburban elementary schools. When school was used as the unit of analysis, only 5.0% of the students actively commuted to or from school across all observed trips. Active commuting was not affected (P≥.18) by school urbanization level, school socioeconomic status, time of day, day of week, weather conditions, or temperature. These results indicate a need for school- and community-based interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)236-237
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2005


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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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