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Promoting active school travel in elementary schools – A regional case study of the school travel planning intervention

Promoting active school travel in elementary schools – A regional case study of the school travel planning intervention

Active school travel (AST) is achieved by “walking and wheeling” to and from school as opposed to using vehicular transport. Partaking in AST has proven to be associated with improved mental and physical health in children. Factors that influence one’s participation in AST include an individual’s socioeconomic status, environmental conditions such as neighbourhood characteristics, and […]

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New Publication: Children’s perspectives on neighbourhood barriers and enablers to active school travel: A participatory mapping study

This research uses innovative participatory mapping and qualitative GIS methods to examine how children’s perceptions of their environments influence their school journey experiences. We conducted 25 map-based focus groups during Geography Awareness Week, an annual geography education and public awareness program, in November 2016. This child-centred research approach aims to contribute to the existing evidence […]

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New Publication: Supporting active school travel: A qualitative analysis of implementing a regional safe routes to school program

Active school travel (AST), that is walking and wheeling to/from school, can be a relatively undemanding method for families to increase children’s daily levels of physical activity. To support increased participation in AST, schools and their larger communities have utilized several different interventions and programs. In Canada, the Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) […]

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