Active Travel Behavior in a Border Region of Texas and New Mexico: Motivators, Deterrents, and Characteristics

in Journal of Physical Activity and Health
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Background:

Active travel has been linked with improved transportation and health outcomes, such as reduced traffic congestion and air pollution, improved mobility, accessibility, and equity, and increased physical and mental health. The purpose of this study was to better understand active travel characteristics, motivators, and deterrents in the El Paso, TX, region.

Methods:

A multimodal transportation survey brought together elements of transportation and health, with a focus on attitudinal characteristics. The analysis consisted of an initial descriptive analysis, spatial analysis, and multivariate binary and ordered-response models of walking and bicycling behavior.

Results:

The motivators and deterrents of active travel differed for walkers, bicyclists, and noncyclists interested in bicycling. The link between active travel and life satisfaction was moderated by age, with a negative association for older travelers. This effect was stronger for bicycling than it was for walking.

Conclusions:

Based on the findings, several interventions to encourage walking and bicycling were suggested. These included infrastructure and built environment enhancements, workplace programs, and interventions targeting specific subpopulations.

Sener is with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Austin, TX. Lee is with the Washington State Dept of Transportation.

Sener (i-sener@tti.tamu.edu) is corresponding author.
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