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    The Influence of Distance and Neighbourhood Surroundings on Children's Travel Mode to School

    Schabus, Stefan and Tomintz, Melanie N. and Rigby, Jan (2013) The Influence of Distance and Neighbourhood Surroundings on Children's Travel Mode to School. In: GI_Forum 2013: Creating the GISociety. ÖAW Verlag, pp. 229-238. ISBN 9783700174387

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    Nowadays, the amount of physical activity undertaken by children of school age is decreasing. This is a major concern, as it is linked with growing levels of obesity. This puts children at risk of a number of subsequent health conditions, particularly diabetes. This paper analyses the influence of the school environment on children's physical activity. The travel mode to school and the distance each student travels to school are taken into account. The analysis draws upon a study carried out in a large number of schools in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) over the course of 3 years, the Children's Sport Participation and Physical Activity (CSPPA) Study. By combining the spatial distribution of the students' homes and information about the school environment, it was possible to analyse on walking and cycling time by calculating service areas. The results of the analysis illustrate that the distance has an influence on physical activity because students living within 2.4 km of the school are more likely to walk to school than students living further away. The analysis also explored the impact of negative environmental factors.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (
    Keywords: Children's health; Physical activity; Travel; School; Childhood obesity;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Item ID: 12802
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    Depositing User: Jan Rigby
    Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2020 15:52
    Publisher: ÖAW Verlag
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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