Perceptions of representatives of public, private, and community sector institutions of the barriers and enablers for physically active transport

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Title Perceptions of representatives of public, private, and community sector institutions of the barriers and enablers for physically active transport
Author Cole, Rachel; Burke, Matthew Ian; Leslie, Eva; Donald, Maria; Owen, Neville
Journal Name Transport Policy
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Active transport bridges many shared concerns in the public health and transport sectors. To positively affect opportunities for active transport, public health and transport professionals are engaging with other sectors, including urban planning, housing, recreation, retail, education, and employer groups. A first step in such inter-sectoral collaboration is to understand the perceptions of key players in all of these sectors. This paper describes the results of structured interviews with senior and middle-level administrators from public, private, and community groups in a rapidly developing region in Queensland, Australia, to assess the perceived barriers and enablers to active transport. Key themes emerged relating to infrastructure delivery, public transport services, walk- and cycle-friendly community attributes, political leadership and government coordination, and societal travel norms and culture. There were also themes relating to limits due to resources and limited relevant technical expertise, institutional and practitioner cultures, and agencies not identifying with their roles in active transport. Policies and cross-government initiatives were seen to hold promise, including economic incentives and built environment guidelines, campaigns targeting public attitudes and opinions, and community participation in policy-making. These elements are potential keys to positively promoting comprehensive active transport initiatives among gatekeepers and leaders across different sectors.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2010.05.003
Volume 17
Issue Number 6
Page from 496
Page to 504
ISSN 0967-070X
Date Accessioned 2011-01-21
Date Available 2011-03-29T06:54:05Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Transportation and Freight Services
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/37827
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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