Association of built-environment and active commuting among japanese adults

Kaori Ishii*, A. I. Shibata, O. K.A. Koichiro, Shigeru Inoue, Teruichi Shimomitsu

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Background: Understanding the long-term effects of environment on health behavior is important for the promotion of population-based physical activity. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between perceived environment and active commuting among Japanese adults. Methods: Internet-based cross-sectional survey were conducted to 3,000 Japanese adults aged 30-59 years. Seven sociodemographic attributes (gender, age, marital status, employment status, living status, educational attainment and household income), type of commute and International Physical Activity Questionnaire Environment Module were assessed by self-administered questionnaire. Results: Of all respondents to the survey, 2,032 (mean age: 43.8±9.2, male: 62.5%) were employed. Those who use an active commute were 1,401 (68.9%). In both genders, high residential density (male: OR=2.28, female: OR=3.08), good access to shops (OR=2.03, 3.06), public transportation (OR=1.65, 3.78), recreational facilities (OR=1.31, 1.44), presence of sidewalks (OR=1.42, 1.77), crossroads (OR=1.87, 1.76), having a destination (OR=1.84, 2.34), and not having household vehicles (OR=15.13, 41.24) were associated with an active commute. The results indicated some gender differences. Among male, the presence of a bicycle lane and good aesthetics was positively associated with the active commute, while traffic safety was negatively associated. On the other hand, crime safety was associated with the active commute in female. Conclusion: The results indicate that perceived environment was associated with the active commute among Japanese adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-224
Number of pages10
Journaljapanese journal of physical fitness and sports medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Apr


  • Ecological model
  • Exercise
  • Mobility management
  • Physical activity
  • Population-approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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