The Family Activity Study is a longitudinal study with the primary objective of evaluating the influence of bicycle boulevards (also known as Neighborhood Greenways) on the travel behavior and physical activity of families with children. Bike boulevards are local streets designed to encourage walking and bicycling by using traffic calming features.
Participant families were recruited from within a few blocks of planned boulevard routes or from comparable control routes. We worked closely with the Portland Bureau of Transportation to identify routes with imminent construction. We started with 335 households (including at least one adult and one child), and a total of 514 adults and 537 children. Each family participated by collecting GPS and accelerometer data for 5 consecutive days (between summer 2010 and summer 2011), and by completing detailed surveys of physical activity and travel behavior and attitudes. Most of the families (79%) completed a second full round of data collection two years later (and after the construction of the boulevards). We collected GPS data on over 38,000 trips, including about 8,500 walking trips and 3,500 bicycling trips.
Funding for the Family Activity Study came from the Active Living Research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and OTREC, a US DOT university transportation center.