ASAP-Jr evaluated how different neighbourhoods shape children and youth’s physical activity habits,1,2 transportation choices,3,4,5 and ultimately their health. For example, what neighbourhood features encourage young people to be physically active or choose active transportation? What are the barriers to active transport? We capitalized on ‘natural experiments’ and investigated whether travel patterns, street usage, physical activity, and physical fitness are enhanced when municipalities invest in positive ‘micro-scale’ changes to the built environment (e.g., sidewalks, crosswalks, curb bulges, benches, lighting).
- Lee NC, Voss C, Frazer AD, Hirsch JA, McKay HA, Winters M. Does activity space size influence physical activity levels of adolescents?—A GPS study of an urban environment. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2016;2015;3:75-78.
- Voss C, Winters M, Frazer AD, McKay HA. They go straight home – don’t they? Using global positioning systems to assess adolescent school-travel patterns. Journal of Transport & Health. 2014;1:282-287.
- Voss C, Winters M, Frazer A, McKay H. School-travel by public transit: Rethinking active transportation. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2015;2:65-70.
- Frazer A, Voss C, Winters M, Naylor P, Higgins JW, McKay H. Differences in adolescents' physical activity from school-travel between urban and suburban neighbourhoods in Metro Vancouver, Canada. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2015;2:170-173.
- Mah SK, Nettlefold L, Macdonald HM, et al. Does parental support influence children's active school travel? Preventive Medicine Reports. 2017;6:346-351.