Bike commuters’ habits rub off on spouses
People are more likely to walk or bike to work if their spouses or coworkers do so, according to a study in the American Journal of Health Behavior.
Researchers surveyed 1,234 people, mostly in the midwestern and eastern United States, about their commuting habits. Men walked or biked to work about twice as often as women did, and people who were married also were more likely to ditch the car. The more frequently a person’s spouse or coworkers actively commuted, the more that person tended to follow suit.
Employees of very small or large companies walked or biked more, perhaps because small companies can build a supportive culture for these activities and big companies can provide perks such as bike racks and locker rooms. But some factors held people back from active commuting: Having more kids and more cars lowered the chances that people would hop on their bikes. — Roberta Kwok | 30 May 2013
Source: Bopp, M., A.T. Kaczynski, and M.E. Campbell. 2013. Social ecological influences on work-related active commuting among adults. American Journal of Health Behavior doi: 10.5993/AJHB.37.4.12.
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