Socio-Ecological Intervention to Promote Active Commuting to Work: Protocol and Baseline Findings of a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial in Finland
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|Julkaisu||International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health|
|DOI - pysyväislinkit|
|Tila||Julkaistu - 20 lokakuuta 2017|
Active commuting to work (ACW) is beneﬁcial to trafﬁc, environment and population health. More evidence is needed on effective ways to promote ACW. This paper describes the protocol and baseline ﬁndings of a cluster-randomized controlled study, which aims to promote ACW with multilevel strategies in two large workplace areas in Tampere, Finland. In Phase 1, the impacts of environmental strategies (trail improvements) were evaluated in 11 workplaces within Area 1. In Phase 2, ﬁve more workplaces were recruited from Area 2 to evaluate the impacts of social and behavioral strategies customized for each workplace. For this purpose, the workplaces in both areas were randomly assigned into experimental group (EXP, n = 6 + 2), which promoted ACW with social and behavioral strategies or into comparison group (COM, n = 5 + 3), which participated in the data collection only. The primary indicator in both phases is the change in employees’ ACW. Secondary indicators are e.g., changes in employees’ self-rated health, wellbeing at work, restrictions to and motivation for ACW, adverse effects due to ACW and the use and quality of the main walking and cycling trails. Also process, efﬁciency and environmental evaluation is included. The study is the ﬁrst one in Finland to combine interdisciplinary collaboration between practitioners and researchers working in the ﬁelds of transportation, urban design, physical activity and sustainable development to promote ACW. The ﬁndings beneﬁt all stakeholders interested in promoting ACW in urban context.