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Built environment changes and active transport to school among adolescents:BEATS natural experiment study protocol

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Show simple item record Mandic, Sandra Hopkins, Debbie Bengoechea, Enrique García Moore, Antoni Sandretto, Susan Coppell, Kirsten J. Ergler, Christina Keall, Michael Rolleston, Anna Kidd, Gavin Wilson, Gordon Spence, John C 2020-04-09T10:25:51Z 2020-04-09T10:25:51Z 2020
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Introduction Natural experiments are considered a priority for examining causal associations between the built environment (BE) and physical activity (PA) because the randomised controlled trial design is rarely feasible. Few natural experiments have examined the effects of walking and cycling infrastructure on PA and active transport in adults, and none have examined the effects of such changes on PA and active transport to school among adolescents. We conducted the Built Environment and Active Transport to School (BEATS) Study in Dunedin city, New Zealand, in 2014–2017. Since 2014, on-road and off-road cycling infrastructure construction has occurred in some Dunedin neighbourhoods, including the neighbourhoods of 6 out of 12 secondary schools. Pedestrian-related infrastructure changes began in 2018. As an extension of the BEATS Study, the BEATS Natural Experiment (BEATS-NE) (2019–2022) will examine the effects of BE changes on adolescents’ active transport to school in Dunedin, New Zealand. Methods and analysis The BEATS-NE Study will employ contemporary ecological models for active transport that account for individual, social, environmental and policy factors. The published BEATS Study methodology (surveys, accelerometers, mapping, Geographic Information Science analysis and focus groups) and novel methods (environmental scan of school neighbourhoods and participatory mapping) will be used. A core component continues to be the community-based participatory approach with the sustained involvement of key stakeholders to generate locally relevant data, and facilitate knowledge translation into evidence-based policy and planning. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher BMJ publishing group en_US
dc.relation UORG 2014 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries BMJ Open;10, e034899
dc.subject participatory en_US
dc.subject BEATS en_US
dc.subject Dunedin en_US
dc.title Built environment changes and active transport to school among adolescents:BEATS natural experiment study protocol en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-034899
dc.contributor.sponsor HRB en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor Health Research Council of New Zealand en_US
dc.relation.projectid 19/173 en_US
dc.relation.projectid 14/565 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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