Active Transport in Brisbane: how much is happening and what are its characteristics?

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Title Active Transport in Brisbane: how much is happening and what are its characteristics?
Author Burke, Matthew Ian; Brown, Lex
Publication Title Proceedings of State of Australian Cities National Conference 2007
Editor Stephen Hamnett
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Adelaide
Publisher University of South Australia
Abstract Active transport is a term describing travel between destinations by walking, cycling and other non-motorised modes. Being 'active' this component of household travel is of interest to both the transport and health fields. Whilst we now know much about the value of active transport for physical activity there is less information available on the extent or characteristics of this travel within Australian cities. This paper reports on the South East Queensland Travel Survey 2003/04 dataset covering the weekday travel of 10,931 persons in Brisbane, Australia. The dataset was manipulated to identify all active transport travel by traveller type and travel purpose. Walking for transport is found to comprise the majority of all non-motorised travel found in the dataset. Single-mode walking trips made to and from destinations such as shops and primary schools are less important than the walking involved in multi-modal public transport trips to workplaces, shops, universities and secondary schools. The trip distances walked to destinations, whether as part of public transport trips or not, are generally much greater than established 'rules of thumb' used by planners. These active transport trips provide significant health benefits to those undertaking them. The paper demonstrates that household travel survey data can provide quantitative information on the extensity and characteristics of active transport in urban areas, with the potential to examine and compare active transport across cities.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.unisa.edu.au/
Alternative URI http://www.unisa.edu.au/isst/default2.asp
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2007. The attached file is reproduced here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors.
ISBN 978-0-646-48194-4
Conference name State of Australian Cities National Conference 2007
Location Adelaide, Australia
Date From 2007-11-28
Date To 2007-11-30
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/18025
Date Accessioned 2008-02-26
Date Available 2009-10-14T22:10:39Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Urban and Regional Studies
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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