Individual, Employment and Psychosocial Factors influencing Walking to Work (UK)

Individual, employment and psychosocial factors influencing walking to work: Implications for intervention design. Authors: Emma J. Adams*, Dale W. Esliger, Ian M. Taylor, Lauren B. Sherar (UK)

A number of individual, employment-related and psychosocial factors were associated with commuter walking. In particular, age, car ownership, availability of free car parking, perceived barriers relating to distance lived from work, convenience, time, car use for work and habit, as well as confidence, intention and social support from colleagues may influence whether an individual walks for all, or as part of, their daily commute. Together these findings help us to further understand the factors associated with commuter walking which should be taken into consideration in the targeting and design of future interventions. Multi-level interventions targeting individual level behaviour change, social support within the workplace and organisational level travel policies may be required in order to promote commuter walking.