The biggest barriers people with disabilities encounter are other people
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Built Environment Determinants of Physical Activity

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People are more likely to walk if:

  • Walking trails, parks and gyms are accessible
  • Sidewalks present and scenery are enjoyable
  • Many people are out walking or exercising
  • Friend(s) are available with whom to walk

People are less likely to exercise if:

  • Too little time
  • Too tired
  • Unmotivated
  • Perceived traffic, crime or other danger
  • Long distance to exercise location

Why People are Reluctant to Walk?

  • It’s All About Safety
  • Motorists speed in my neighborhood.
  • There are no sidewalks in my neighborhood or parts of sidewalks are missing.
  • Sidewalks are broken, cracked, or blocked by obstacles in my neighborhood.
  • There are no safe or easy ways to cross the streets in my neighborhood
  • People are intimidated by crime in my neighborhood.
  • People don’t want to walk in my neighborhood at night.
  • My neighborhood is not a nice place to walk, there is trash everywhere and buildings are not kept up.
  • My neighborhood looks barren, there are no trees and buildings are too far from the street.