Current cycling, bicycle path use, and willingness to cycle more-findings from a community survey of cycling in Southwest Sydney, Australia

Chris Rissel, Dafna Merom, Adrian Bauman, Jan Garrard, Li Ming Wen, Carolyn New

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Abstract

Background: Encouraging cycling could increase levels of physical activity and health in the community. A population survey of cycling and physical activity was conducted as part of the baseline evaluation of a new intervention research project (Cycling Connecting Communities). Methods: A telephone survey of adults (18+) living within 2 kilometers of selected major new bicycle paths in 3 local government areas in south western Sydney, Australia was conducted using a 2-stage sampling method. Multiple logistic regression analyses examined factors associated with riding in the last year, wanting to cycle more, and use of local bicycle paths. Results: With a 65% response rate, 1450 interviews were completed. Having ridden a bicycle in the past year was associated with younger age, being male, having access to a bicycle, and living close to destinations of interest. Two thirds of respondents (65%) wanted to ride more than they currently did. Factors associated with wanting to ride more were having children aged between 5-18 years, having used local bicycle paths, and perceptions of ease of cycling. Conclusions: The study found that there is a latent desire for more cycling among respondents, prompted to some extent by having children of an age (5-18 years) that like cycling, and having a reasonable opportunity to cycle due to local bicycle paths. Being relatively close to destinations of interest increases the likelihood of recent cycling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-272
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bicycles
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health promotion
  • Physical activity

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