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Development of the Scottish walkability assessment tool (SWAT)

Millington, Catherine and Ward Thompson, Catherine and Rowe, David and Aspinall, Peter and Fitzsimons, Claire and Nelson, Norah and Mutrie, Nanette and , SPARColl (2008) Development of the Scottish walkability assessment tool (SWAT). Health and Place, 15 (2). pp. 474-481. ISSN 1353-8292

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Abstract

The Scottish Walkability Assessment Tool (SWAT) was designed to objectively record aspects of the physical environment believed to be related to walking in urban Scotland. Reliability was assessed by three pairs of trained raters auditing 30 street segments on two occasions. Eighteen items were reliably audited and displayed adequate environmental variability, 25 items proved unreliable, and 69 items lacked adequate environmental variability. The large number of items that lacked environmental variability indicates a relatively uniform environment in terms of characteristics, which the literature indicates might be used to differentiate walkability; however, the 18 reliable items can potentially be used to differentiate walkability. Keywords: Physical environment; Urban; Walking; Walkability; Audit tool; Reliability

Item type: Article
ID code: 13073
Keywords: physical environment, urban, walking, walkability, audit tool, reliability, sports science, Recreation Leisure, Personal health and hygiene, including exercise, nutrition , Health(social science), Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, Geography, Planning and Development
Subjects: Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > Recreation Leisure
Medicine > Public aspects of medicine > Personal health and hygiene, including exercise, nutrition
Department: Faculty of Education > Sport, Culture and The Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Physical Activity for Health
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Depositing user: Chloe McAdam
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2009 10:52
Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 22:23
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/13073

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