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Built Environment and Psychosocial Factors Associated With Trail Proximity and Use

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Objectives : To explore the relationships among neighborhood built environment characteristics, psychosocial factors, perceived and objective proximity assessments, and use of a community rail-trail.

Method : Telephone survey data of adults (n=788) in Morgantown, WVa, were classified into one of 4 distance-perception categories based on actual (using geographic information systems technology) and perceived proximity of a community rail-trail.

Results : Differences in psychosocial barriers to physical activity (P=.037) and perceived neighborhood walkability (P<.001) were associated with perceived proximity to and use of a community trail.

Conclusion : Specific attention should be given to address neighborhood and psychosocial barriers when constructing and promoting community trails.

Keywords: neighborhood walkability; proximity; psychosocial barriers; trail use

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.31.4.4

Publication date: July 1, 2007

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