Pedestrian and bicycle planning in rural communities: tools for active living.

Academic Article


  • Pedestrian and bicycle planning has traditionally been viewed from an urban design perspective, rather than a rural or regional planning perspective. This study examined the prevalence and quality of pedestrian and bicycle plans in North Carolina according to geography, regional planning, and sociodemographics. Plan prevalence was lower, but plan quality tended to be higher, in rural areas compared with urban areas. Correlations between plan prevalence and active commuting were strongest in lower-income rural areas. By engaging in the planning process, rural residents and other stakeholders can support active living.
  • Authors

  • Aytur, Semra
  • Satinsky, Sara B
  • Evenson, Kelly R
  • Rodríguez, Daniel A
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • 2011
  • Published In


  • Adult
  • Bicycling
  • Community Networks
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Geography
  • Health Policy
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • North Carolina
  • Qualitative Research
  • Rural Population
  • Social Class
  • Walking
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 21378514
  • Start Page

  • 173
  • End Page

  • 181
  • Volume

  • 34
  • Issue

  • 2