The socio-ecological determinants of change in school travel mode over the transition from childhood to adolescence and the association with physical activity intensity

Jessica Helen Irwin, Esther M. F. van Sluijs, Jenna R. Panter, Andy Jones

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School active travel contributes to young people's physical activity levels, yet the prevalence is low, and declines with age. Based on determinants from the social-ecological model we investigated changes in school travel behaviour over the transition from childhood to adolescence in participants from the baseline and four-year follow-up of the SPEEDY cohort. Descriptive analysis examined how travel behaviours changed and were related to physical activity. Multinomial logistic regression investigated determinants. Some 38% of participants changed travel mode; 66% from active to passive. Passively traveling participants at follow-up showed a decrease in physical activity. Several social-ecological domains were associated with change. Findings suggest multicomponent interventions are required to support active travel in youth.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102667
JournalHealth and Place
Early online date23 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021


  • Active travel
  • Health behaviour
  • Public health
  • School commute
  • Youth physical activity

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