Proximity and perceived safety as determinants of urban trail use: findings from a three-city study

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Title Proximity and perceived safety as determinants of urban trail use: findings from a three-city study
Author Wolch, Jennifer R; Tatalovich, Zaria; Spruijt-Metz, Donna; Byrne, Jason Antony; Jerrett, Michael; Chou, Chih-Ping; Weaver, Susan; Wang, Lili; Fulton, William; Reynolds, Kim
Journal Name Environment and Planning A
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Pion Ltd.
Abstract In this study we focus on individual and environmental determinants of urban trail use in three diverse urban settings: Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Explanatory factors include individual psychosocial and health characteristics, distance between home and trail, and land-use and social characteristics of trailside neighborhoods. Model results suggest that intrinsic motivation, general health status, perceived trail safety, perceived miles between home and trail, and neighborhood connectivity were significantly related to probability of trail use and extent of trail use, while working-class status, commuting distance, and physical barriers to the trail were negatively related. Efforts to increase perceived trail safety, accessibility, and awareness about trails thus may result in a higher rate of trail use and more time spent on urban trails.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Pion Ltd., London. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 42
Issue Number 1
Page from 57
Page to 79
ISSN 0308-518X
Date Accessioned 2010-06-23
Language en_AU
Research Centre Environmental Futures Research Institute; Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Land Use and Environmental Planning; Preventive Medicine; Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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