Date of Award

8-31-2015

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Exercise and Health Science

First Advisor

Philip Troped

Second Advisor

Julie Wright

Third Advisor

Sarah Camhi

Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine the correlates of awareness and use of the Hubway bike share program and assess the relationship between use and rates of overweight or obesity. Methods: Two-hundred, fifty-six students, faculty, and staff from the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB) participated in this cross-sectional study. Participants completed an on-line survey during the fall of 2014 that assessed socio-demographics, behavioral and physical activity characteristics, Hubway awareness, and use of Hubway and personal bikes. Multivariable regression models were conducted to evaluate associations between socio-demographic and behavioral factors, and Hubway awareness, use, and the relationship with weight status. Results: Living in a Hubway community, owning a bicycle, and not exclusively commuting to UMB via car had statistically significant positive associations with awareness of the Hubway program. Two variables, living in a Hubway community and bike ownership, had positive associations with bike share use. Finally, Hubway use was associated with a 60% decreased odds of being overweight or obese (OR= .40; 95% CI= .17, .93). Conclusion: Additional promotional efforts may be necessary to address relatively low rates of awareness and bike share use at UMB. Further studies are needed to identify correlates associated with bike share awareness and use and to determine the potential health benefits to users.

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