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Towards a comprehensive conceptual framework of active travel behavior: a review and synthesis of published frameworks

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Title: Towards a comprehensive conceptual framework of active travel behavior: a review and synthesis of published frameworks
Authors: Götschi, T
De Nazelle, A
Brand, C
Gerike, R
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Purpose of Review This paper reviews the use of conceptual frameworks in research on active travel, such as walking and cycling. Generic framework features and a wide range of contents are identified and synthesized into a comprehensive framework of active travel behavior, as part of the Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches project (PASTA). PASTA is a European multinational, interdisciplinary research project on active travel and health. Recent Findings Along with an exponential growth in active travel research, a growing number of conceptual frameworks has been published since the early 2000s. Earlier frameworks are simpler and emphasize the distinction of environmental vs. individual factors, while more recently several studies have integrated travel behavior theories more thoroughly. Summary Based on the reviewed frameworks and various behavioral theories, we propose the comprehensive PASTA conceptual framework of active travel behavior. We discuss how it can guide future research, such as data collection, data analysis, and modeling of active travel behavior, and present some examples from the PASTA project.
Issue Date: 13-Jul-2017
Date of Acceptance: 1-Jul-2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/54442
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40572-017-0149-9
ISSN: 2196-5412
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Start Page: 286
End Page: 295
Journal / Book Title: Current Environmental Health Reports
Volume: 4
Issue: 3
Copyright Statement: © The Author(s) 2017. Open Access: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Sponsor/Funder: Commission of the European Communities
Funder's Grant Number: 602624
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Centre for Environmental Policy
Faculty of Natural Sciences