Evaluation of event physical activity engagement at an open streets initiative within a Texas–Mexico border town

Cindy Lynn Salazar-Collier, Belinda Reininger, Rose Gowen, Arturo Rodriguez, Anna Wilkinson

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Abstract

Background: Open streets initiatives provide an opportunity to engage in physical activity (PA) freely by temporarily closing streets to motorized traffic. Methods: Route counting estimation and event intercept surveys (n = 682) were conducted across 4 CycloBia events in Brownsville, TX, in 2015 to determine sociodemographics, PA engagement at the event, event awareness, and past CycloBia attendance. Results: Cycling was the most commonly observed activity along the route (73.6%) followed by walking (22.9%). Attendees self-reported a median of 120 minutes in PA with 17.3% of attendees meeting recommended weekly PA guidelines at the event. Significant predictors of meeting PA guidelines via event PA engagement were past event attendance, sex, age, and Hispanic ethnicity. Conclusions: Findings suggest that CycloBia reached a large, low-income, predominantly Hispanic population and may be effective in promoting PA. Results help understand the effect of an open streets initiative on attendees living in a midsize, border city.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-612
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Volume15
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Built environment
  • Ciclovías
  • Hispanic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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