613Friday, April 28, 2006

10:15 AM-12:15 PMConvention Center:250A
AAPAR/Children, Youth and Families Council
Walking and Bicycling to School Promotion: From the “Why” to the “How”
Walking and bicycling (i.e., active commuting) to school programs have grown in popularity worldwide. This session will first describe research pertaining to active commuting patterns in the U.S. and related environmental and policy factors as well as describe evaluation of active commuting programs. The session concludes with the presentation of a model designed to accelerate community change for safe bicycling and walking near schools. Participants will learn skills related to the surveillance of commuting patterns of youth, the evaluation of walk to school programs, and practical steps to take in developing comprehensive local programs.
Keyword(s): measurement/evaluation, national issues, physical activity
Speakers: Catrine Tudor-Locke, Arizona State University-East, Mesa, AZ; Dianne Ward, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; and Nancy Pullen and Lauren Marchetti, Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, Chapel Hill, NC

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