Transit-Related Walking to Work in Promoting Physical Activity

in Journal of Physical Activity and Health
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Background:

Transit-related walking to work is a potential strategy for incorporating physical activity into daily life and promoting health benefits. This study estimated the transit-related walking time for work trips on the journey to and from work and examined the predictors of transit users who walked to/from transit and the workplace and those who walked 30 minutes or more per day.

Methods:

This study used the 2009 National Household Travel Survey and identified 772 subjects who took transit to/from work, 355 subjects who walked to/from transit and the workplace, and 145 subjects who walked 30 minutes or more per day among the 40,659 workers. Weighted logistic regressions were used for the analysis.

Results:

Of the people who walked to/from transit and the workplace, 40.9% walked 30 minutes or more per day. The weighted logistic regressions revealed that low-income groups and workers living in high population density areas were more likely to walk to/from transit and the workplace. Workers living in high population density areas were more likely to walk 30 minutes or more per day.

Conclusions:

Transit-related walking to work provides an opportunity to increase physical activity levels and to meet the physical activity recommendations.

Yu (hello_gerry@yahoo.com.tw) is with the School of Public Administration, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. Lin is with the Dept of Applied Health Science, School of Public Health, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.