Differences in associations between active transportation and built environmental exposures when expressed using different components of individual activity spaces

Torbjorn van Heeswijck, Catherine Paquet, Yan Kestens, Benoit Thierry, Catherine Morency, Mark Daniel

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This study assessed relationships between built environmental exposures measured within components of individual activity spaces (i.e., travel origins, destinations and paths in-between), and use of active transportation in a metropolitan setting. Individuals (n=37,165) were categorised as using active or sedentary transportation based on travel survey data. Generalised Estimating Equations analysis was used to test relationships with active transportation. Strength and significance of relationships between exposures and active transportation varied for different components of the activity space. Associations were strongest when including travel paths in expression of the built environment. Land use mix and greenness were negatively related to active transportation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-202
Number of pages8
JournalHealth and Place
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1 May 2015


  • Activity space
  • Bicycling
  • Built environment
  • Geographic information systems
  • Walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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