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Employee attitudes towards active commuting

Crawford, F. and Mutrie, N. and Hanlon, P. (2001) Employee attitudes towards active commuting. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 39 (1). ISSN 1463-5240

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Abstract

Reliance on motorised transport has contributed to increasingly sedentary lifestyles and serious traffic congestion. This paper reports on a postal survey conducted in Glasgow which aimed to establish current modes of transport to work and investigate employee attitudes towards 'active commuting' defined as walking or cycling for part or all of the journey to work. Results indicate that the car was the predominant mode of transport. One-fifth of those who lived less than one mile and one-third of those who lived between one and two miles from work commonly drove. Recommendations include traffic planning measures to increase provision of dedicated pedestrian/cycle routes, workplace initiatives to promote active commuting as well as greater priority for walking and cycling in transport and health policies.