Cross-sector collaboration on Safe Routes to School policy advocacy and implementation: A mixed methods evaluation from Minnesota
Publication date: Available online 19 April 2018 Source:Journal of Transport & Health Author(s): Jennifer E. Pelletier, Melissa N. Laska, Marilyn S. Nanney, Rebekah Pratt Cross-sector collaboration has been a crucial element of planning and implementing large-scale obesity prevention-related policies and programs in the United States, including Safe Routes to School (SRTS), which promotes walking and bicycling through physical infrastructure changes and programmatic efforts. Minnesota provides a unique opportunity to evaluate a collaborative partnership that successfully implemented and institutionalized one of th...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - April 19, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Impact of physical and social environments on the walking behaviour of Hong Kong's older adults
This study examined the associations between physical environment (facilitators and barriers), social environment, and walking among older adults in Hong Kong. Methods Between April and December 2016, a sample of 679 adults aged 65 years or above was recruited in Neighbourhood Elderly Centres from across the 18 council districts of Hong Kong. Participants were asked to complete validated questionnaires that were used to assess the above constructs; participants were asked to track their daily step counts over 7 days using an accelerometer. Structural Equation Modelling was performed to examine the studied relationships by ...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - April 18, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Do differences in built environments explain age differences in transport walking across neighbourhoods?
Conclusion Neighbourhood-level factors semeed to influenced the WfT of younger and older adults differently, with older adults being more sensitive to their neighbourhood environment. In Brisbane, age differences in WfT were smaller in areas with higher residential density and street connectivity. These results favor the ongoing investigation of demographic heterogeneity around neighbourhood averages in other urban contexts to inform tailored ecological interventions that facilitate WfT for all age groups everywhere, supporting active aging communities. (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - April 18, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

The role of beliefs in the use of hands-free and handheld mobile phones while driving
Conclusions Differences in beliefs (particularly behavioural and control beliefs) were found between daily and less frequent users of handheld mobile phones, meaning that they may underlie the decision to engage in this risky behaviour. Likewise, several specific beliefs differed between daily and less frequent users of handheld and hands-free mobile phones (using their time effectively). These results may provide useful information for developing countermeasures aimed at curbing mobile phone use while driving. (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - April 17, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Particulate air pollution and noise: Assessing commuter exposure in africa's most populous city
This study observed remarkably high particulate air pollution and noise exposures during commuting in the major African city. A major shift to modern mass transportation systems would limit commuter exposure. (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - April 15, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

A conceptual framework to assess the unmet travel needs in later life
This study proposes a conceptual framework for improving the evaluation of unmet travel needs amongst the older population. Unmet travel needs can be defined as mobility needs that remain unfulfilled due to the inability of accomplishing needed or wished trips and activities. Gerontological and transport research are putting increasing focus on the role that mobility plays in later life. Analyses of studies investigating the relationship between ageing and mobility reveal that these are generally characterised by relying only on realised journeys and activities. However, very little has been investigated so far in terms of...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - April 14, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Active travel despite motorcar access. A city-wide, GIS-based multilevel study on neighborhood walkability and active travel in Germany
Conclusions The positive association between neighborhood walkability and active travel shown in other urban contexts was confirmed in a historically evolved city in Germany. The observed effect varied with respondents’ age and available motorcars, which is in line with recent findings and suggests that public health advocacy in urban planning could promote physical activity on a population level, including those with motorcar access. Graphical abstract (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - April 12, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Residence in unsafe neighborhoods is associated with active transportation among poor women: Geographic Research on Wellbeing (GROW) Study
This study investigated associations of neighborhood context with active transportation among women with children after controlling for sociodemographic variables. We used data from the Geographic Research on Wellbeing study (GROW). In 2012–2013, GROW surveyed mothers who participated in California's Maternal and Infant Health Assessment. The dependent variable was active vs. inactive transportation. Mothers were coded as doing active transportation if they responded that they “walked,” “walked and took public transportation,” or ‘rode a bike,” to most places they went in the previ...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - April 7, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Changes in participation, demographics and hazard associated with mandatory bicycle helmets in New South Wales, Australia
Publication date: Available online 6 April 2018 Source:Journal of Transport & Health Author(s): Jim Lemon (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - April 6, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Perceptions of walkability and determinants of walking behaviour among urban seniors in Toronto, Canada
This study investigated the relationship between objective and subjective measures of walkability for seniors living in Toronto through a multi-phased, mixed-methods approach. Two neighbourhoods within the city were selected as case study areas. Wychwood represented a high walkability neighbourhood and Edenbridge-Humber Valley represented a neighbourhood lower in walkability. The walkability audit, the Senior Walking Environmental Assessment Tool – Revised (SWEAT-R), served as the objective measure. Subjective measures included the use of focus groups, go-along interviews, and traditional interviews with twenty-eight...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - March 30, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Trends in cycling and cycle related injuries and a calculation of prevented morbidity and mortality
In conclusion, in Denmark, the number of cycling trips have steadily increased over the past 17 years while cycling related injuries show a concomitant decline. Intuitively one might expect cycle related injuries to increase with increased cycling, but a decrease was observed in injuries. Health benefits of cycling calculated from cohort studies were 21 times higher than risk of injuries and for mortality alone the ratio was 238. (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - March 28, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

The effect of an italian nationwide mandatory visibility aids law for cyclists
Publication date: Available online 24 March 2018 Source:Journal of Transport & Health Author(s): Gabriele Prati The role of conspicuity in preventing bicycle–motorized vehicle collisions has been the subject of investigation. To date, no study has evaluated the impact on bicycle safety of legislation imposing bicycling visibility aids. The aim of the present study is to investigate whether a legislation imposing high-visibility clothing for cyclist affects bicycle safety. Data on the monthly number of vehicles (including bicycles) involved in road crashes during the period 2001–2015 were obtained from ...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - March 25, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Does telecommuting promote sustainable travel and physical activity?
Publication date: Available online 24 March 2018 Source:Journal of Transport & Health Author(s): Sandip Chakrabarti Researchers have explored the efficacy of telecommuting as a travel demand management strategy in the U.S. Conditions under which telecommuting can reduce VMT (vehicle miles traveled) and ease peak-period traffic congestion have been extensively investigated; empirical findings are well documented in the literature. Analysis of the impact of telecommuting on non-motorized travel, public transit use, and physical activity, however, has received relatively less attention in the past. In this paper, I u...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - March 25, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Do Australian drivers give female cyclists more room when passing?
Publication date: Available online 22 March 2018 Source:Journal of Transport & Health Author(s): Narelle Haworth, Kristiann C. Heesch, Amy Schramm, Ashim Kumar Debnath Cycling has demonstrated health benefits, but the fear of collisions with motor vehicles discourages many people from riding on the road, particularly women. Previous studies have reported mixed results about the factors influencing the distances left by drivers when passing cyclists. The present research aimed to control for other rider, roadway and traffic factors to understand whether cyclist gender influences passing distances. Video recordings ...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - March 22, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Parental barriers to active commuting to school in children: does parental gender matter?
Conclusions Although some barriers to ACS were similar for both parents (distance, convenience of driving and parental mode of commuting to work), other barriers were specific to mothers (children's extra-curricular activities organization and lack of children's interest in walking to school). Interventions strategies for promoting ACS in children focusing on parents should be gender-specific. (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - March 22, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Te Ara Mua –Future Streets: Knowledge exchange and the highs and lows of researcher-practitioner collaboration to design active travel infrastructure
Publication date: Available online 21 March 2018 Source:Journal of Transport & Health Author(s): Karen Witten, Penelope Carroll, Octavia Calder-Dawe, Melody Smith, Adrian Field, Jamie Hosking Transforming vehicle-focused street infrastructure to support a shift to active travel modes can pose a complex interdisciplinary challenge requiring innovation and collaboration between residents, researchers and transport design and policy practitioners. Te Ara Mua-Future Streets is a street redesign intervention study that aims to slow traffic, change driver behaviour and make walking and cycling easier and safer in Mānge...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - March 21, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Using crowdsourced data to monitor change in spatial patterns of bicycle ridership
Publication date: Available online 21 March 2018 Source:Journal of Transport & Health Author(s): Darren Boss, Trisalyn Nelson, Meghan Winters, Colin J. Ferster Cycling is a sustainable mode of transportation with numerous health, environmental and social benefits. Investments in cycling specific infrastructure are being made with the goal of increasing ridership and population health benefits. New infrastructure has the potential to impact the upgraded corridor as well as nearby street segments and cycling patterns across the city. Evaluation of the impact of new infrastructure is often limited to manual or automa...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - March 21, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Psychological Wellbeing Benefits of Simulated Exposure to Five Urban Settings: an Experimental Study From the Pedestrian's Perspective
Publication date: Available online 15 March 2018 Source:Journal of Transport & Health Author(s): Anna Bornioli, Graham Parkhurst, Phillip L. Morgan The potential health benefits of walking in attractive, predominantly built-up urban settings have not received much attention from scholars, despite the global need to increase walking levels in cities. The current experimental study assessed the affective outcomes associated with several urban walking settings, with a focus on the presence of motor-traffic and architectural styles from different historic periods. We employed a mixed within-between subjects design (n ...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - March 15, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Best practices for promoting cycling amongst university students and employees
Publication date: Available online 10 March 2018 Source:Journal of Transport & Health Author(s): Oliver Wilson, Nicole Vairo, Melissa Bopp, Dangaia Sims, Katherine Dutt, Brooke Pinkos The benefits of active commuting (walking and biking to work) are well documented, though rates of participation remain low in the United States. University policies, programs and environments significantly influence student and employee's travel mode choice, though relatively little is known about appropriate strategies. Therefore, this study's purpose was to examine the best practices universities could implement in order to increa...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - March 10, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

The virtual special section of active transport papers from the 2017 active living research conference
Publication date: Available online 7 March 2018 Source:Journal of Transport & Health Author(s): Rodney Lyn, James F. Sallis (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - March 8, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Characteristics and mitigation strategies for cell phone use while driving among young drivers in Qatar
The objectives of this study are to identify the factors affecting this hazardous behavior and to suggest practical solutions to deter this specific category of drivers from driving while distracted. The study combined stated and revealed preference questions to design a detailed survey questionnaire. Data were collected from a sample of 403 young drivers. The structural equation modeling results showed that, for the revealed preference, conducting public campaigns may provide a suitable solution to reduce cell phone usage while driving. On the other hand, increasing enforcement did not seem to have a significant effect on...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - March 8, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Cognitive ability as a predictor of task demand and self-rated driving performance in post-stroke drivers – Implications for self-regulation
Publication date: Available online 6 March 2018 Source:Journal of Transport & Health Author(s): Alison Blane, Hoe Lee, Torbjörn Falkmer, Tania Dukic Willstrand Driving is a highly complex task requiring multiple cognitive processes that can be adversely affected post-stroke. It is unclear how much ability post-stroke adults have to self-evaluate their driving performance. Furthermore, the impact of cognitive decline on this evaluation has not been previously investigated. The aim of this study was to investigate the perceived level of task demand involved in driving tasks, and to examine differences between p...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - March 6, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

From ‘car-dependency’ to ‘desirable walking’–15 years trend in policy relevant public health indicators derived from Household Travel Surveys
This study utilises transportation-sector population surveys to develop interdisciplinary policy relevant indicators for benchmarking and progress tracking. The continuous Sydney Greater Metropolitan Household Travel Survey (2000-June 2015) was analysed in 2017. The prevalence of adults (≥15 years old) who i) travelled by car for distances amenable for health-enhancing walks (≤ 1.5 km,≤2.0kms); ii) only drove a car and did not walk, including no walks that link to other modes (i.e, CD: ‘car-dependency’); and iii) walked≥30 min, or≥3 kms, or>3 walking trips (i.e., DW: ‘desirable w...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - March 1, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

European cyclists' travel behavior: Differences and similarities between seven European (PASTA) cities
Publication date: Available online 28 February 2018 Source:Journal of Transport & Health Author(s): Elisabeth Raser, Mailin Gaupp-Berghausen, Evi Dons, Esther Anaya-Boig, Ione Avila-Palencia, Christian Brand, Alberto Castro, Anna Clark, Ulf Eriksson, Thomas Götschi, Luc Int Panis, Sonja Kahlmeier, Michelle Laeremans, Natalie Mueller, Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, Juan Pablo Orjuela, David Rojas-Rueda, Arnout Standaert, Erik Stigell, Regine Gerike While the annual number of trips of the average urban inhabitant has grown steadily in recent years, people are becoming less active while doing so. This lack of physical act...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - February 28, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Transport and inequalities
Publication date: Available online 21 February 2018 Source:Journal of Transport & Health Author(s): Jennifer S. Mindell (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - February 22, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

The effect of waterpipe smoking on psychomotor performance required for driving: A quasi-experimental trial
Conclusion The performance-enhancing effects of WPS observed in this study do not justify the use considering the proved long-term health effects. Moreover, our study did not deal with the long term effects of WPS on road traffic injuries. Further studies are necessary to examine if WPS renders drivers to engage in other risk taking activities such as driving in a high speed due to altered cognitive functions. (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - February 22, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Bicycle choice modeling: A study of university trips in a small Colombian city
This article shows results of the application of a stated preferences survey in the city of Ocaña, Colombia, to identify factors that influence the modal choice, introducing the bicycle as an alternative for the trips to and from the University Francisco de Paula Santander Ocaña, using discrete choice models. These results show that the infrastructure availability is a key variable for modal shift and that giving incentives such as meals do not influence modal choice. These results were shared with the local authorities as an argument towards cycle lanes investment and public transportation grants for student...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - February 21, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Duration of sickness absence following a bicycle crash, by injury type and injured body region: A nationwide register-based study
In conclusion, the duration of SA varied with type of injury and injured body region. Among the very long SA spells, common injuries were injuries to the lower leg, to the shoulder and upper arm, and traumatic brain injuries. (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - February 21, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Road danger reduction – And why it is needed
Publication date: Available online 21 February 2018 Source:Journal of Transport & Health Author(s): Jennifer S. Mindell (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - February 21, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Effects of cycle skills training on children's cycling-related knowledge, confidence and behaviours
Conclusion CST with or without on-road training improved children's cycling-related knowledge, and self-perceived confidence to cycle on playgrounds and on the road but not to school. Traffic-Free+OnRoad CST had positive but small effects on increasing cycling to school. Additional interventions targeting parents, schools and built environment changes may be necessary for behavioural change. Graphical abstract (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - February 16, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Effects of cycle skills training on cycling-related knowledge, confidence and behaviour in adolescent girls
Conclusion CST with or without on-road training improved cycling-related knowledge but did not change cycling habits in adolescent girls. CST with on-road training improved adolescent girls’ confidence to cycle on the road, but not to school. Future CST programs should be tailored to the adolescents’ needs and preferences. Graphical abstract (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Active travel, public transportation use, and daily transport among older adults: The association of built environment
Discussion Existing transportation facilities and policies need to be adjusted to meet the challenge. Our study has a potential to contribute to the design of effective interventions that enhance health and quality of life for the burgeoning aging population in the U.S. (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Driving frequency associated with deficits in lower extremity function, dynamic vision, and physical activity in Japanese older adults
Publication date: Available online 14 February 2018 Source:Journal of Transport & Health Author(s): Takumi Abe, Keisuke Fujii, Jaehoon Seol, Yuya Fujii, Kaya Joho, Ayane Sato, Mijin Kim, Tomohiro Okura (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

The effectiveness of installing a speed hump in reducing motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians under the age of 21
Publication date: Available online 12 February 2018 Source:Journal of Transport & Health Author(s): Helen Arbogast, Melissa Patao, Natalie Demeter, Shelby Bachman, Elizabeth Devietti, Jeffrey S. Upperman, Rita V. Burke Pedestrian safety is a complex and pressing public health issue. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of pedestrian injuries and fatalities and occur disproportionately in areas lacking environmental modifications. An increased number of pediatric trauma cases were treated at a children's hospital resulting from pedestrian-involved vehicle collisions near a middle school. Finding a lack of traf...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - February 12, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Healthcare for truck drivers: Assessing accessibility and appropriateness of South African Roadside Wellness Centres
Conclusion Comprehensive care packages delivered through accessible satellite facilities should form the foundation of service delivery models for truck drivers and other mobile populations. (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Evaluating the effects of active morning commutes on students' overall daily walking activity in Singapore: Do walkers walk more?
This study aims to assess how morning commuting modes affect students’ walking levels, hypothesizing that gains in walking from active morning commutes may not be sustained throughout the day due to compensatory behavior. Our study analyzed objectively measured, sensor-collected data of 5600 children (ages 7 to 18) in Singapore for up to four consecutive weekdays between September and November 2015. Potential confounders of age, socioeconomic status, and built environment characteristics, as well as home-school distance as an effect modifier, were examined. We used linear mixed effects models to analyze differences i...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - February 3, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Child pedestrian street-crossing behaviors outside a primary school: Developing observational methodologies and data from a case study in Changsha, China
Conclusion Observational methods of coding videotaped behavior proved effective to understand and code children's risk and safety while crossing the street outside their primary school. At the street environment we studied, we found that children's pedestrian behavior involved significant risk. (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - February 3, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Associations of mode of travel to work with physical activity, and individual, interpersonal, organisational, and environmental characteristics
Conclusions This study shows that walking to work and using public transport are important contributors to physical activity levels in a working population. Planning, transport and behavioural interventions to promote walking during the commute should take into account the wider determinants. Reducing availability of free work car parking is one possible strategy to discourage car use. (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Association between vehicle time during pregnancy and mental health among women of different income groups
Conclusions To our knowledge, this is the first paper to examine the mental health impact of daily vehicle time among pregnant women. From a policy perspective, this study points to what housing affordability, neighborhood accessibility, and workplace policies could mean for pregnant women and their families. Vehicle time is a daily demand that can compete with important health behaviors for pregnant women. The impact on low income women only could reflect other experiences in their lives (e.g. occupation, the lack of neighborhood choice and quality). In addition, there is research to suggest that higher income women can &...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Take up and use of subsidised public transport: Evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing
Discussion Take up of the free bus pass is equitable across groups, and is strongly linked to public transport use among older people. (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - February 1, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Sub-population differences in the relationship between the neighborhood environment and Latinas' daily walking and vehicle time
Conclusion Latinas participated in relatively low walking time and high amounts of vehicle time. Findings suggest intrapersonal sub-group differences in the association of the neighborhood environment with walking and vehicle time. Improving neighborhood environments to promote walking and reduce vehicle time may help improve Latinas’ overall physical activity. (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - January 20, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Fixation patterns of individuals with and without Autism Spectrum disorder: Do they differ in shared zones and in zebra crossings?
Publication date: Available online 19 January 2018 Source:Journal of Transport & Health Author(s): Georgia Cowan, Robyn Earl, Torbjorn Falkmer, Sonya Girdler, Susan L. Morris, Marita Falkmer Shared zones are a contemporary traffic zone that promotes equality between multiple road users and efficiently utilizes available space, while simultaneously maintaining safety and function. As this is a relatively new traffic zone, it is important to understand how pedestrians navigate a shared zone and any potential challenges this may pose to individuals with impairments. The aim of this study was to utilize eye-tracking t...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Using Walk Score ® to Aid Understanding of Walking Patterns in Alberta: Patterns from 2010-2016 (poster)
Conclusions The majority of Albertans were found to live in car-dependent neighbourhoods, with few achieving high walking levels. Although some associations were found between walking levels and neighbourhood walkability, caution of interpretation is warranted for planning and health promotion evaluations, as associations may differ by region. (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - January 15, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

The Role of Neighborhood Walkable Design and Walking Behavior in Mental Health (poster)
Conclusions Our results will add to the growing literature on the influence of the neighborhood walkability on individuals’ walking behavior and mental health status. Such findings should be taken into consideration in tailoring interventions and designing programs that can improve mental health. (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - January 15, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Walkability and Mixed Land Use in German Cities: A Case in Heidelberg (poster)
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Transport & Health, Volume 7, Supplement Author(s): Cristina López Lindemann Background In the decision whether to make a trip on foot or not, a myriad of elements and conditions assert their influence, associated with both the physical environment and personal characteristics. Concerning specific urban characteristics many researchers have contributed to identify the key elements of a built environment that affect travel behaviors, for example the widely recognized three D's by Cervero & Kocelman: density, design and diversity (mixed-use development...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - January 15, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

A Comparative Analysis of Neighborhood Walkability Surrounding Three Senior Housing Facilities in Manhattan, New York: A Microscale Study (poster)
In this study, microscale sidewalk assessment is used to objectively measure the walkability of neighborhoods surrounding three senior resident facilities in Manhattan. Unbiased evidence identifying levels of walkability is an essential step toward creating successful active living communities for older adults. Aims (1) To illustrate a microscale assessment that determines sidewalk walkability surrounding three senior living centers. (2) To map relationships between third places, walkable areas, and soft edges using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). (3) To present opportunities for placemaking that encourage the elderl...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - January 15, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Development and Evaluation of a Pedestrian Assistance System for Older Road Users (poster)
Conclusion At the conference we would like to present the work in progress with a focus on the basic concept of the assistance system and preliminary results from the involved disciplines. (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - January 15, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

People, Decisions, Place: Exploring the Urban Walking Experience in Glasgow (poster)
Conclusions The work examines and proposes an approach towards creating a more integrated, cross-disciplinary method to design for walkability and the pedestrian experience. Through use of the framework, it is hoped that more informed, integrated, and thoughtful design decisions can be made that affect the quality of our everyday experience and interaction in the urban, public realm. This project contributes to the design knowledge base by connecting disparate ideas and developing analytical terminology that brings the personal experience of place to the forefront of professional discussion. (Source: Journal of Transport and Health)
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - January 15, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Proposal to Expand UWALK ’s Reach in Rural Alberta Communities (poster)
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Transport & Health, Volume 7, Supplement Author(s): Erin Gorman, Christina Loitz, Monique Assi, Kerry Mummery Background Walking has many benefits and has been established as an ideal focus of public health promotion to increase physical activity. Rural communities, in particular, are an underserved population that have unique barriers and facilitators to engaging in walking and require tailored initiatives. Description of Program UWALK is a promising theory-informed community-wide eHealth initiative to promote physical activity, which is uniquely suited to support...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - January 15, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Healthy Streets, Healthy Kids, Healthy Community: Using Community Art to Demonstrate the Benefits of an Urban Greenway (poster)
This study will develop a functional design for the Neighbourhood Greenway, and bring several schools together as part of parallel STP processes. To engage the school communities and broader community stakeholders in identifying issues and developing concepts, we are hosting a Healthy Streets community art event. Local schools will be assigned one block of the corridor nearest their school, where they will decorate the street scape using many creative materials with the support of local artists. The students will also be displaying some of their photovoice project art. Schools will visually display to the community why it ...
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - January 15, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research