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Bicycling for transportation and health: the role of infrastructure.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19190585     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper aims to provide insight on whether bicycling for everyday travel can help US adults meet the recommended levels of physical activity and what role public infrastructure may play in encouraging this activity. The study collected data on bicycling behavior from 166 regular cyclists in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area using global positioning system (GPS) devices. Sixty percent of the cyclists rode for more than 150 minutes per week during the study and nearly all of the bicycling was for utilitarian purposes, not exercise. A disproportionate share of the bicycling occurred on streets with bicycle lanes, separate paths, or bicycle boulevards. The data support the need for well-connected neighborhood streets and a network of bicycle-specific infrastructure to encourage more bicycling among adults. This can be accomplished through comprehensive planning, regulation, and funding.
Jennifer Dill
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of public health policy     Volume:  30 Suppl 1     ISSN:  0197-5897     ISO Abbreviation:  J Public Health Policy     Publication Date:  2009  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-02-04     Completed Date:  2009-09-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006508     Medline TA:  J Public Health Policy     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S95-110     Citation Subset:  IM    
Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97207-0751, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Bicycling / physiology*
Geographic Information Systems
Health Behavior
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health Policy*
Health Promotion*
Health Services Research
Middle Aged
Motor Activity
Social Marketing*
Young Adult

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