Critical Factors for Active Transportation to School among Low-Income and Minority Students: Evidence from the 2001 National Household Travel Survey.

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Uses data from the 2001 National Household Travel Survey to document rates of walking and biking to school among low-income and minority youth in the U.S. The data showed that low-income and minority groups, particularly blacks and Hispanics, use active travel modes to get to school at much higher rates than whites or higher-income students. However, racial variation in travel patterns is removed by controlling for household income, vehicle access, distance between home and school, and residential density. The study concludes that active transportation to school may be an important strategy to increase and maintain physical activity levels for low-income and minority youth.
McDonald, Noreen
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
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