Determinants of uptake and maintenance of active commuting to school

Elaine Murtagh, Martin Dempster, Marie Murphy

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The objective was to identify determinants of uptake and maintenance of active school travel (AST) over 4 years in children aged 9 at baseline. Data from wave 1 (n=8502) and 2 (n=7479) of the Growing Up in Ireland study were analysed. At 9- and 13-years 25% and 20% engaged in AST. Children were more likely to maintain or take-up AST if they lived in an urban area. Change in distance to school influenced both maintenance and adoption of AST, with a negative impact seen for increased distance between 9 and 13 years and a positive impact seen for decreased distance. Some factors which predict uptake and maintenance of AST are modifiable and can inform intervention development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-14
Number of pages6
JournalHeath and Place
Early online date7 May 2016
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Jul 2016


  • Physical activity
  • Active travel
  • School
  • Commute
  • Child
  • Determinant


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