New HEAL Study: Supporting children’s participation in active travel: developing an online road safety intervention through a collaborative integrated knowledge translation approach

A team of researchers led by Adrian Buttazzoni, Julia Pham, Kendra Nelson Ferguson, Emma Fabri, Andrew Clark, Danielle Tobin, Nathaniel Frisbee and Jason Gilliland recently published an article entitled: “Supporting children’s participation in active travel: developing an online road safety intervention through a collaborative integrated knowledge translation approach.”

Even though regular engagement in physical activity (PA) among children can support their development and encourage the adoption of healthy lifelong habits, most do not achieve their recommended guidelines. Active travel (AT), or any form of human-powered travel (e.g., walking), can be a relatively accessible, manageable, and sustainable way to promote children’s PA. One common barrier to children’s engagement in AT, however, is a reported lack of education and training.

To support children’s participation in AT, this paper presents the development of a comprehensive 4-module online road safety education intervention designed to improve children’s knowledge and confidence regarding AT.

Using a qualitative integrated knowledge translation (iKT) approach undertaken with community collaborators (n = 50) containing expertise in health promotion, public safety, school administration, and transportation planning, the researchers’ inductive thematic analysis generated fourth themes which constituted the foundation of the intervention modules: Active Travel Knowledge: Awareness of Benefits and Participation; Pedestrian Safety and Skills: Roles, Responsibilities, and Rules; Signs and Infrastructure: Identification, Literacy, and Behaviour; Wheeling Safety and Skills: Technical Training and Personal Maneuvers. Each theme/module was then linked to an explicit learning objective and connected to complementary knowledge activities, resources, and skill development exercises. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Citation: Adrian Buttazzoni , Julia Pham, Kendra Nelson Ferguson, Emma Fabri, Andrew Clark, Danielle Tobin, Nathaniel Frisbee and Jason Gilliland. “Supporting children’s participation in active travel: developing an online road safety intervention through a collaborative integrated knowledge translation approach.” International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being; 2024. https://doi.org/10.1080/17482631.2024.2320183

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