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User demographics and physical activity behaviors on a newly constructed urban rail/trail conversion.
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PMID:  21597126     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: To examine demographic characteristics and physical activity (PA) behaviors of trail users on a newly constructed 2-mile urban rail/trail (ie, abandoned rail line converted to a recreational trail).
METHODS: A systematic evaluation process was initiated to monitor PA behaviors using the System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC).
RESULTS: Slightly more males (n = 2578, 54%) than females (n = 2198, 46%) were observed using the rail/trail since its inception. A significant age group difference (F = 16.68, P < .001) was observed among users with the vast majority being adults (n = 3317, 69%). Women were 2.2 times more likely than men (95% CI 1.7-3.0) to be sedentary rather than vigorously active adjusted for age and race. Whites were 2.8 times more likely than nonwhites (95% CI 2.4-3.2) to engage in vigorous activity rather than walking, adjusted for age and gender. Rail/trail users resided on average 2.89 miles from the trail.
DISCUSSION: The most frequent users of the rail/trail were male, white adults, and observed PA varied for gender and age. More research is needed to better understand differences in patterns of trail use by various population groups.
Julian A Reed; Steven P Hooker; Suresh Muthukrishnan; Brent Hutto
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of physical activity & health     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1543-3080     ISO Abbreviation:  J Phys Act Health     Publication Date:  2011 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101189457     Medline TA:  J Phys Act Health     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  534-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dept of Health and Exercise Science, Furman University, Greenville, SC.
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