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Large Scale, Long-Term, High Granularity Measurement of Active Travel Using Smartphones Apps

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Centre for Sports Engineering Research, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University, 11 Broomgrove Road, Sheffield S10 2LX, UK
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Department of Computing, Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield S1 1WB, UK
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Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, 211 Portobello, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK
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Presented at the 12th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 26–29 March 2018.
Proceedings 2018, 2(6), 293; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2060293
Published: 24 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of The Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association)
Accurate, long-term data are needed in order to determine trends in active travel, to examine the effectiveness of any interventions and to quantify the health, social and economic consequences of active travel. However, most studies of individual travel behaviour have either used self-report (which is limited in detail and open to bias), or provided logging devices for short periods, so lack the ability to monitor long-term trends. We have developed apps using participants’ own smartphones (Android or iOS) that monitor and feed-back individual user’s physical activity whilst the phone is carried or worn. The nature, time and location of any physical activity are uploaded to a secure survey and allow researchers to identify large scale behaviour. Pilot data from almost 2000 users have been logged and are reported. This constitutes a natural experiment, collecting long-term physical activity, transport mode and route choice information across a large cross-section of users.
Keywords: mobile devices; active travel; physical activity mobile devices; active travel; physical activity
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Heller, B.W.; Mazumdar, S.; Ciravegna, F. Large Scale, Long-Term, High Granularity Measurement of Active Travel Using Smartphones Apps. Proceedings 2018, 2, 293.

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