Cycling, the Built Environment, and Health: Results of a Midwestern Study

Ann Forsyth, J. Michael Oakes

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Are cyclists different from those who do not cycle in terms of individual and neighborhood characteristics? This article draws on a study of over 700 adults in three groups: those who had cycled in the past week, in the past 2 years, and non-cyclists. It examines their body mass index (BMI), physical activity, sociodemographics, environmental perceptions, and geographic information system (GIS)-measured neighborhood features. Those who cycled occasionally lived in similar environments to frequent cyclists but perceived some aspects differently. Those who cycled more demonstrated characteristics generally thought to indicate good health, but they did not perceive themselves as healthier.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-58
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Transportation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The Active Living Research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded the original study.


  • cycling
  • environment
  • health
  • physical activity


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