Declining physical activity for children has become grave enough to seize the attention of physicians, public health officials, parents, schools, planners, and policymakers, who are now seeking possible solutions.
One of the ways children can obtain more physical activity is through active travel, primarily walking or bicycling to and from school. With the goal of improving both our understanding and interventions to increase currently low physical activity and active travel rates, this paper examines parental perceptions, how and why these perceptions form, and how they impact travel mode choice. Children’s perceptions were also examined to better understand their perceptions of the built and social environment in regard to mode choice.
To read the full report, click Identifying Fear, Perception,Risk Related to Walking and Bicycling to School (PDF)