Table 1

Characteristics of unescorted walkers, escorted walkers, and escorted drivers
Unescorted walkers (n =111) Escorted walkers(n=233) Escorted drivers (n=146)
Child Characteristics
Age (years), M ± SD 11.90 ± 1.60 7.64 ± 2.59 8.09 ± 2.62
Gender, % (n)
Male 47.7% (52) 49.6% (115) 50% (73)
Female 52.3% (57) 50.4% (117) 50% (73)
Grade, % (n)
Primary (Grades K-3) 2.7% (3) 69.4% (162) 66.1% (96)
Junior (Grades 4–6) 34% (37) 23.8% (55) 24.1% (35)
Senior (Grades 7–8) 63.3% (69) 6.8% (16) 9.6% (14)
Parental Characteristics
Age (years), M ± SD 44.41 ± 7.21 40.51 ± 8.61 40.25 ± 5.51
Gender, % (n)
Male 25.2% (28) 33.0% (77) 34.2% (50)
Female 74.8% (83) 67.0% (156) 65.8% (96)
Employment Status, % (n)
Full-time 67.9% (74) 54.1% (120) 73.2% (104)
Other 32.1% (35) 45.9% (102) 26.8% (38)
School Travel Mode as a Child, % (n)
Walking 79.3% (88) 80.9% (178) 65.7% (94)
Other 20.7% (23) 19.1% (42) 34.3% (49)
Household Characteristics
Income, % (n)
< $60K 36.6% (37) 39.1% (81) 30.1% (40)
> $60K 63.4% (64) 60.9% (126) 69.9% (93)
Cars: Licensed Drivers, M ± SD 1.79 +/−0.75 1.84 +/− 0.81 1.97 +/− 0.53
# of cars/household 1.44 +/− 0.74 1.28 +/− 0.75 1.70 +/− 0.53
Predominant Language Spoken
English 79.1% (87) 59.7% (135) 57.9% (81)
At least One other 20.9% (23) 40.3% (91) 42.1% (59)
Distance from School
< 1 km 72.7% (72) 71.4% (152) 36.3% (53)
1-2 km 27.3% (27) 28.6% (61) 63.7% (93)
Region
Toronto 36.0% (40) 61.8% (144) 29.7% (43)
Hamilton 8.1% (9) 6.9% (16) 6.9% (10)
Peel 17.1% (19) 14.6% (34) 31.0% (45)
Durham, York, Halton 38.7% (43) 16.7% (39) 32.4% (47)

Mammen et al.

Mammen et al. BMC Public Health 2012 12:862   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-862

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