Influence of the built environment on pedestrian route choices of adolescent girls

Rodriguez, Daniel A., Merlin, Louis, Prato, Carlo G., Conway, Terry L., Cohen, Deborah, Elder, John P., Evenson, Kelly R., McKenzie, Thomas L., Pickrel, Julie L. and Veblen-Mortenson, Sara (2015) Influence of the built environment on pedestrian route choices of adolescent girls. Environment and Behavior, 47 4: 359-394. doi:10.1177/0013916513520004

Author Rodriguez, Daniel A.
Merlin, Louis
Prato, Carlo G.
Conway, Terry L.
Cohen, Deborah
Elder, John P.
Evenson, Kelly R.
McKenzie, Thomas L.
Pickrel, Julie L.
Veblen-Mortenson, Sara
Title Influence of the built environment on pedestrian route choices of adolescent girls
Journal name Environment and Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1552-390X
Publication date 2015-05-06
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0013916513520004
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 47
Issue 4
Start page 359
End page 394
Total pages 36
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract We examined the influence of the built environment on pedestrian route selection among adolescent girls. Portable global positioning system units, accelerometers, and travel diaries were used to identify the origin, destination, and walking routes of girls in San Diego, California, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. We completed an inventory of the built environment on every street segment to measure the characteristics of routes taken and not taken. Route-level variables covering four key conceptual built environment domains (Aesthetics, Destinations, Functionality, and Safety) were used in the analysis of route choice. Shorter distance had the strongest positive association with route choice, whereas the presence of a greenway or trail, higher safety, presence of sidewalks, and availability of destinations along a route were also consistently positively associated with route choice at both sites. The results suggest that it may be possible to encourage pedestrians to walk farther by providing high-quality and stimulating routes.
Keyword Pedestrian route selection
Built environment
Discrete choice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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