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Mode of Commuting TO and FROM School: A Similar or Different Pattern?

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PROFITH’ PROmoting FITness and Health through physical activity’ research group, Department of Physical Education and Sport, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Granada, Granada 18011, Spain
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La Inmaculada Teacher Training Centre, University of Granada, Granada 18013, Spain
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Department of statistics and Operation Research, University of Granada, Granada 18071, Spain
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Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3140, USA
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Sustainability 2019, 11(4), 1026; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11041026
Received: 15 January 2019 / Revised: 11 February 2019 / Accepted: 12 February 2019 / Published: 16 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Education for Sustainability in Physical Education)
Aims: The aims of this study were: a) to analyse the association between the mode of commuting to go and come back from school and b) to analyse the association between the usual mode of commuting and weekly counts of school trips by mode of commuting to and from school. Methods: A total of 5960 students (7–20 year old) participated in the study fulfilling the Mode and Frequency of Commuting to and from School Questionnaire. This is a self-reported questionnaire that included questions about personal data and the usual and weekly mode of commuting to go and come back from school. Results: There were differences between the modes of commuting to and from school in commuting by car and on foot in children and adolescents and by bus only in adolescents (all p ≤ 0.001). Reporting a usual mode of commuting indicated 7.7 travels/week (the maximum number of journeys is 10) using that same mode. Conclusion: Our results show the importance of assessing the mode of commuting in both directions and only one recall period (i.e., usual or the weekly mode of commuting). View Full-Text
Keywords: transportation; active commuting; physical activity; youths; health behaviour transportation; active commuting; physical activity; youths; health behaviour
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Herrador-Colmenero, M.; Escabias, M.; Ortega, F.B.; McDonald, N.C.; Chillón, P. Mode of Commuting TO and FROM School: A Similar or Different Pattern? Sustainability 2019, 11, 1026.

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