To examine perception differences between genders of university sidewalks and safety from crime on the physical activity (PA) behaviors of undergraduate students.
Five hundred and sixty undergraduate students participated in this study.
The authors derived questions from the South Carolina Environmental Supports for Physical Activity Questionnaire (SCESPAQ) and National College Health Risk Behavior Survey (NCHRS) PA module.
The authors found a significant mean difference between genders for the Moderate Intensity Item (eg, walking and biking) and the Flexibility Item, t(558) = 3.602, p = .001, and t(558) = 1.946, p = .050, respectively. Of participants surveyed, 30% of women perceived this campus to be extremely safe compared with 49% of men, t(558) = 4.240, p = .001. Gender and the perceptions of sidewalk presence were significantly related (p < .05) to respondents' walking or bicycling patterns.
Perceptions of sidewalks and safety from crime on this university campus were related to students' PA behaviors.