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Perceived Neighbourhood Environmental Attributes Associated With Adults' Recreational Walking: Ipen Adult Study In 12 Countries, Takemi Sugiyama, Ester Cerin, Neville Owen, Adewale L. Oyeyemi, Terry L. Conway, Delfien Van Dyck, Jasper Schipperijn, Duncan J. Macfarlane, Deborah Salvo, Rodrigo S. Reis, Josef Mitas, Olga L. Sarmiento, Rachel Davey, Grant Schofield, Rosario Orzanco-Garralda, James F. Sallis Jan 2014

Perceived Neighbourhood Environmental Attributes Associated With Adults' Recreational Walking: Ipen Adult Study In 12 Countries, Takemi Sugiyama, Ester Cerin, Neville Owen, Adewale L. Oyeyemi, Terry L. Conway, Delfien Van Dyck, Jasper Schipperijn, Duncan J. Macfarlane, Deborah Salvo, Rodrigo S. Reis, Josef Mitas, Olga L. Sarmiento, Rachel Davey, Grant Schofield, Rosario Orzanco-Garralda, James F. Sallis

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

This study examined the strength and shape of associations between perceived environmental attributes and adults’ recreational walking, using data collected from 13,745 adult participants in 12 countries. Perceived residential density, land use mix, street connectivity, aesthetics, safety from crime, and proximity to parks were linearly associated with recreational walking, while curvilinear associations were found for residential density, land use mix, and aesthetics. The observed associations were consistent across countries, except for aesthetics. Using data collected from environmentally diverse countries, this study confirmed findings from prior single-country studies. Present findings suggest that similar environmental attributes are associated with recreational walking ...