How street greenery facilitates active travel for university students

Bai, Y., Cao, M., Wang, R., Liu, Y. and Wang, S. 2022. How street greenery facilitates active travel for university students. Journal of Transport and Health. 26 101393. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2022.101393

TitleHow street greenery facilitates active travel for university students
TypeJournal article
AuthorsBai, Y., Cao, M., Wang, R., Liu, Y. and Wang, S.
Abstract

Introduction

Active travel is currently gaining popularity worldwide as a sustainable form of travel. However, very few studies have examined how the built environment affects active travel behaviour on university campuses, particularly in China. It is a key feature of Chinese university campuses that they are generally gated communities, which are spatially organised in a very different way from campuses in other countries, and they often also provide for students’ daily needs, meaning that students tend to travel off-campus less frequently.

Aims

This research aims to explore the link between street greenery and the active travel behaviour of students on closed university campuses in China.

Methods

The study combined sensor data from Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Centre (HEMC), China, with individual cross-sectional survey data from university students and applied a multilevel logistic regression model to conduct the analysis. Street-view images were analysed using a deep learning approach, which represents an emerging method for assessing urban green space.

Results

The results demonstrated that street greenery on campuses is positively associated with active travel among university students. Modes of travel also influenced active travel, with university students who owned bicycles tending to participate in active travel more; however, those who travelled by electric bikes were less likely to participate in active travel.

Conclusions

This study suggests that policymakers and transport planners should focus more on greening urban areas and improving walking and cycling environments to achieve green transport goals through urban planning.

KeywordsActive travel
Health
Equity
Behavioural change
Street greenery
Urban planning
Article number101393
JournalJournal of Transport and Health
Journal citation26
ISSN2214-1405
Year2022
PublisherElsevier
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
File Access Level
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2022.101393
Web address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214140522000652
Publication dates
Published27 May 2022

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