The effects of perceived and objective measures of home-environment on transportation and recreational walking among children

Yesiltepe, Demet and Torun, Ayse Ozbil (2015) The effects of perceived and objective measures of home-environment on transportation and recreational walking among children. In: 10th International Space Syntax Symposium, 13-17 July 2015, London, UK.

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Abstract

This study explores the relative association of objective and perceived environmental factors with recreational and transportation walking behaviour. Randomly selected parents of students (ages 12-14) at 10 elementary schools (N=1000) located in Istanbul, Turkey, completed questionnaires about their socio-demographic characteristics, neighbourhood environment, and their children’s physical activity.

Home-environments (400 and 800 meter buffers) were evaluated through GIS-based land-use, segment-based street connectivity measures, and street-level topography. In addition, detailed field surveys related to pedestrian quality attributes were conducted within home-environments. Logistic regression was used to investigate the relationships between recreation and transportation-related walking and objective and perceived measures of the built form.

Findings of the study indicate that both types of walking behaviour are associated with different perceived and objective environmental attributes. More importantly, preliminary results suggest street network connectivity measured at the segment-level is significantly associated with walking behaviours. Thus, it can be argued that modifications to the home-environment may help change hence children’s walking behaviour.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Walking behaviours, street connectivity, objective and perceived environmental measures, home-environment, Istanbul
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2018 09:18
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 14:46
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34873

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