Associations of Children’s Active School Travel with Perceptions of the Built Environment: Preliminary Study

1Naimah Osman*, Na’asah Nasrudin and Yusfida Ayu Abdullah

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Abstract:

Walking is a healthy way for children to explore the environment and enable them to be more independent. However, nowadays, children prefer using passive mode of transport to commute to school. Hence, it is essential to know the built environment factors that influence children to choose walking as a mode of traveling to school. This study identifies and evaluates the built environment factors that contribute towards children's preference when walking to school. This study, therefore, investigates children's preference through the school children themselves to understand their perceptions on the choice to walk to school. Through a case study method, 100 primary school children who walk to school in Sekolah Kebangsaan Seksyen 7, Shah Alam were selected as respondents. The survey included inquiries on children's background and the homeschool path provisions in terms of quality of pedestrian facilities and surrounding environment. Observation survey also were conducted to identify the availability and conditions of several built environment elements in the study area. Hence, the result of this study will assist town planners when planning for pedestrian specifically for primary school children.

Keywords:

Active Travel Mode, Transport, Walking, Primary School Children

Paper Details
Month2
Year2020
Volume24
IssueIssue 2
Pages2165-2174