Children’s Active Transportation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128119310

Children’s Active Transportation

1st Edition

Authors: Richard Larouche
Paperback ISBN: 9780128119310
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st July 2018
Page Count: 240
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Children’s Active Transportation is a rigorous and comprehensive examination of the current research and interventions on active transportation for children and youth.

Children and youth travel behaviors tend to be highly routinized, and their mobility faces unique constraints, such as parental restrictions, mandatory school attendance, and the inability to drive a motor vehicle before late adolescence.

Children’s Active Transportation shows how active transportation - using non-motorized modes to travel to and from places - has multiple health, environmental, and economic benefits. It examines the key factors that influence travel behavior among children and youth, providing key insights into lessons learned from current interventions. The book clearly demonstrates how critical it is for children to develop strong active transportation habits that carry over to adulthood.

Key Features

  • Examines the public health, environmental, and economic benefits of active transportation for youth
  • Correlates children’s active transportation with the social ecological theory stating behavior is determined by individual, interpersonal, community, policy, and environmental factors
  • Surveys active transportation interventions that show "what works" to increase non-motorized modes of travel in children
  • Shows factors that influence the implementation and effectiveness of interventions


Academic researchers and advanced students in Transportation, Urban Studies, and Public Health. Transportation, Urban Planning, and Public Health planning practitioners. Transportation and Urban Planning public officials such as city managers, policy directors, research managers, etc.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part 1: Benefits of active transportation in children and youth
2. Public health benefits of active transportation
3. Environmental benefits of active transportation
4. Economic benefits of active transportation

Part 2: Prevalence and correlates of active transportation
5. Prevalence of active transportation
6. Trends in active transportation and children’s independent mobility
7. An ecological model of children’s active transportation
8. Individual correlates of active transportation
9. Interpersonal correlates of active transportation
10. Community factors related to active transportation
11. Policies and their influence on active transportation
12. Built and physical environment correlates of active transportation
13. Prevalence and correlates of active transportation in developing countries

Part 3: Active transportation interventions
14. Safe Routes to School
15. School travel plans
16. Walking school buses and bike trains
17. Active transportation events and curriculum-based interventions
18. Conclusions and recommendations


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About the Author

Richard Larouche

Richard Larouche is a postdoctoral fellow with the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, and part-time professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Larouche is the author of 35 journal articles and 2 book chapters on the topic, and his research focuses on active living among children and youth, including active transportation, physical activity, outdoor play, and health-related fitness.

Affiliations and Expertise

Postdoctoral Fellow, Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Part-time Professor, School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa

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