Longitudinal associations between weather, season, and mode of commuting to school amongst Spanish youths

Herrador-Colmenero, Manu, Harrison, Florence, Villa-González, Emilio, Rodríguez-López, Carlos, Ortega, Francisco, Ruiz, Jonatan, Jones, Andrew and Chillón, Palma (2018) Longitudinal associations between weather, season, and mode of commuting to school amongst Spanish youths. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 28 (12). pp. 2677-2685. ISSN 0905-7188

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    Abstract

    Aim: To study the associations of weather conditions with the travel mode choice for commuting to and from school. Methods: A total of 6,979 Spanish youths aged 7 to 18 years old (80% adolescents aged 12‐18 years old, 51% male) completed a 5‐day survey of mode of commuting to school in autumn, winter, and spring. Weather data from the nearest weather station to each school was registered. We used Google Maps™ to calculate the distance from home to school. Multilevel logistic regression models were used to estimate odds of active travel based on weather and season. Results: We analysed a total of 163,846 discrete journeys. In winter, children (aged 7 to 11 years old) were less likely to choose an active mode of commuting to school (OR: 0.72, 95% CI: 0.59‐0.89, p=0.003). In spring, adolescents were more likely to choose an active mode of commuting to school (OR: 1.43, 95% CI: 1.19‐1.73, p<0.001). With higher mean temperatures, adolescents were more likely to choose an active mode of commuting from school (OR: 1.02, 95% CI: 1.00‐1.04, p=0.029). Conclusion: Certain weather conditions seem to influence the travel mode choice for commuting to and from school in youth, including season and temperature.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: transportation,journey,health behavior,student,climate
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
    Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
    Depositing User: LivePure Connector
    Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2018 14:33
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 13:35
    URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/67842
    DOI: 10.1111/sms.13268

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