Proximity and perceived safety as determinants of urban trail use: findings from a three-city study

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Wolch, Jennifer R
Tatalovich, Zaria
Spruijt-Metz, Donna
Byrne, Jason
Jerrett, Michael
Chou, Chih-Ping
Weaver, Susan
Wang, Lili
Fulton, William
Reynolds, Kim
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2010
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In this study we focus on individual and environmental determinants of urban trail use in three diverse urban settings: Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Explanatory factors include individual psychosocial and health characteristics, distance between home and trail, and land-use and social characteristics of trailside neighborhoods. Model results suggest that intrinsic motivation, general health status, perceived trail safety, perceived miles between home and trail, and neighborhood connectivity were significantly related to probability of trail use and extent of trail use, while working-class status, commuting distance, and physical barriers to the trail were negatively related. Efforts to increase perceived trail safety, accessibility, and awareness about trails thus may result in a higher rate of trail use and more time spent on urban trails.

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Environment and Planning A

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42

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© 2010 Pion Ltd., London. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.

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Urban and regional planning

Land use and environmental planning

Applied economics

Human geography

Recreation, leisure and tourism geography

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