Promoting Campus Cycling for Outdoor Recreation and Transportation: Investigating Factors Influencing Student Bicycle Usage on a Large, Southeastern University from an Ecological Perspective
Keywords:college health, environmental health, cycling, bikeability, social ecological model
Biking is a popular recreational activity, and understanding how to promote participation is important to college health and recreation professionals. The purpose of this study was to examine factors contributing to cycling behaviors on one large college campus from an ecological perspective. Students were surveyed at a southeastern university in 2014 (n = 3 56). The survey instrument included intrapersonal, interpersonal, and institutional predictors of cycling practices. The predictors of cycling engagement included gender, ethnicity, and race and also intrapersonal and interpersonal variables that predispose participation. This inquiry was intended to offer insights to guide the planning and implementation of targeted, multilevel cycling promotion programming for the campus community to increase commuting options and create opportunities for outdoor recreation involving bicycling. This study identified factors that facilitate or hinder university campus cycling as well as demographic predictors of cycling behavior.
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