The Challenge: Little is understood about how attitudes related to walking and perceptions of environments play a role in impacting whether children walk to school or not.
Make an impact: Understanding the impact of these perceptions can assist in creating programs and trainings that promote walking to school.
What the findings are about: This study examined the perceptions of walkability, attitudes toward walking and physical activity, and safety concerns about walking to/from school, among parents in Austin, TX.
Key Findings and Recommendations:
Parents who perceived that the school was close enough to home, the existence of parks and the overall convenience of walking to school, were more likely to let their child walk to school.
Parents were more likely to drive their children to school when they perceived that roads were busy with traffic or that sidewalks were less well-maintained on the route to school.
Programs and trainings that promote pedestrian safety and help parents have a more positive view of walking to school are needed.