Associations between recreational walking and attractiveness, size, and proximity of neighborhood open spaces

Sugiyama, Takemi, Francis, Jacinta, Middleton, Nicholas J., Owen, Neville and Giles-Corti, Billie (2010) Associations between recreational walking and attractiveness, size, and proximity of neighborhood open spaces. American Journal of Public Health, 100 9: 1752-1757. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2009.182006


Author Sugiyama, Takemi
Francis, Jacinta
Middleton, Nicholas J.
Owen, Neville
Giles-Corti, Billie
Title Associations between recreational walking and attractiveness, size, and proximity of neighborhood open spaces
Journal name American Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0090-0036
1541-0048
Publication date 2010-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2105/AJPH.2009.182006
Volume 100
Issue 9
Start page 1752
End page 1757
Total pages 6
Editor Mary E. Northridge
Place of publication Washington, DC, U.S.A.
Publisher American Public Health Association
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives. We examined associations of attractiveness, size, and proximity of multiple neighborhood open spaces (NOSs) with recreational walking.

Methods. Adults participating in the Residential Environments (RESIDE) study (n = 1366) in Perth, Australia, reported time spent engaging in recreational walking within their neighborhoods. Park audit data and geographic information systems were used to identify the most attractive, largest, and nearest NOS within a 1.6-km radius from each participant's residential location. Regression analysis was used to examine attributes (attractiveness, size, and proximity) of these open spaces and their associations with participants’ recreational walking.

Results. Shorter distance to attractive open spaces was associated with doing any recreational walking, but adults with larger attractive open spaces within 1.6 km of their home were more likely to walk 150 minutes or more in a week.

Conclusions. For adults, the presence of a large, high-quality park within walking distance of one's home may be more important in promoting sufficient amounts of walking for health benefits than is the presence of an open space within a shorter distance.
Keyword Active living research
Physical-activity
Built environment
Public-health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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