Sustainable travel to everyday destinations

This page lists articles that explore the benefits of sustainable travel to everyday destinations such as to and from work, local shops and amenities.

Physical activity by stealth? The potential health benefits of a workplace transport plan
Brockman, R., Fox, K.
Public Health, April 2011, Volume 125, Issue 4, pages 210-216
This paper investigates the effect of implementing a workplace travel plan at the University of Bristol, finding that unanticipated health benefits arose from an increase in cycling and walking.
Keywords: Physical Activity, Active Commuting, Transport/Travel Plan, Cycling, Walking

Mass community cycling events: who participates and is their behaviour influenced by participation?
Bowles, H., Rissel, C., Bauman, A.
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2006, Volume 3, Issue 39
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This report assesses the type of people who participate in mass cycling events, and the effect it has on their future cycling levels, finding that most participants were already regular cyclists, but those that were not increased their frequency of cycling after the event.
Keywords: Cycling, Events, Mass Participation

The association between commuter cycling and sickness absence
Hendriksen, I., Simons, M., Galindo Garre, F., Hildebrandt, V.
Preventive Medicine, August 2010, Volume 51, Issue 2, pages 132-135
This paper examines the association between commuter cycling and sickness absence, and the possible dose-response relationship, finding that cyclists, on average, take fewer sick days than non-cyclists.
Keywords: Active Travel/Transport, Cycling, Physical Activity, Absenteeism, Dose-Response Relationship

Interventions to promote walking: systematic review
Ogilvie, D., Foster, C., Rothnie, H., Cavill, N., Hamilton, V., Fitzsimons, C., Mutrie, N.
British Medical Journal, May 2007, Volume 334, Number 7605
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The purpose of this research was to assess the effects of interventions aimed at increasing walking in individuals and populations.
Keywords: Walking, Interventions, Literature Review, Evaluation, Health Benefits

Contemplating cycling to work: attitudes and perceptions in different stages of change
Gatersleben, B., Appleton, K.
Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, May 2007, Volume 41, Issue 4, pages 302-312
This paper investigates the different stages of change for commuters choosing to cycle, and suggests that different strategies are needed to encourage people to progress through each stage of change.
Keywords: Cycling, Contemplation, Stages of Change, Attitudes, Perceptions

All work and no play? The role of instrumental and affective factors in work and leisure journeys by different travel modes
Anable, J., Gatersleben, B.
Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, February-March 2005, Volume 39, Issues 2-3, pages 163-181
This paper examines the relative importance of various instrumental and affective factors for journeys made for leisure and for travelling to work.
Keywords: Leisure, Travel to Work, Journey

Can we reduce car use, and if so, how? A review of available evidence
Graham-Rowe, E., Skippon, S., Gardner, B., Abraham, C.
Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, June 2011, Volume 45, Issue 5, pages 401-418
This paper investigates which interventions are most effective in reducing car use and carbon emissions, finding that it was difficult to draw robust conclusions from current evidence available.
Keywords: Car Use, Carbon Emissions, Interventions, Review, Policy

Walking to public transit: steps to help meet physical activity recommendations
Besser, L., Dannenberg, A.
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, November 2005, Volume 29, Issue 4, pages 273-280
This paper explores the effect of walking to public transport links on physical activity levels in the USA.
Keywords: Walking, Physical Activity, Public Transport/Transit

Perceptions of replacing car journeys with non-motorized travel: exploring relationships in a cross-sectional adult population sample
Badland, H., Schofield, G.
Preventive Medicine, September 2006, Volume 43, Issue 3, pages 222-225
This paper explores the relationship between propensity to replace car journeys with transport-related physical activity (TPA), socio-demographics and overall physical activity levels, finding that people with high levels of physical activity and from a lower socio-demographic were more likely to consider replacing car journeys with TPA.
Keywords: Transport-Related Physical Activity, Walking, Cycling, Replacing Car Journeys

Understanding successful workplace travel initiatives in the UK
Cairns, S., Newson, C., Davis, A.
Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, August 2010, Volume 44, Issue 7, pages 473-494
Looking at 20 workplaces in the UK, this paper assesses the success of workplace travel planning and concludes that behavioural change can be achieved in a variety of contexts.
Keywords: Workplace Travel, Smarter Choices, Travel Planning, Commuting, Traffic Reduction