Travel to, and Use of, Twenty-One Michigan Trails

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Exercise Science


Objective and methods: This study examined trail use among 857 trail users on 21 trails in Michigan from 2008 to 2011 using a valid and reliable intercept survey. Results: Most of the 857 participants traveled to the trail from their home (92.6%), lived within 15 min of the trails (74.8%), and used active transport to travel to the trails 69.7%. The odds of active transport to the trails were greater among those who had not graduated high school (OR=3.49; 95% CI=1.02, 11.99) and high school graduates (OR=7.432; 95% CI=2.02, 27.30) compared to college graduates. Whites and adults also had greater odds of active transport than non-Whites (OR=3.160, 95% CI: 1.65, 6.05), and older adults (OR=1.75; 95% CI: 1.20, 2.54). The majority of respondents (89.7%) reported using trails for recreational purposes. A significantly greater proportion of females (73.3%) compared to males (64.7%) reported using the trail with others. Conclusions:The findings from this study might enable health and parks and recreation professionals to better promote physical activity on trails.


Published: Price, Anna E. et al. "Travel to, and Use of, Twenty-One Michigan Trails." Preventive Medicine 56.3-4 (Mar–Apr 2013): 234-236.

PMID: 23357710