Predictors of cycling in college students

Lynda B. Ransdell, Susan G. Mason, Thomas Wuerzer, Ka Man Leung

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Objectives: To (1) assess cycling-related questions that have been added to the electronic version of the American College Health Association National College Health Assessment II (ACHA-NCHA), (2) examine cycling prevalence, and (3) identify predictors of cycling in college students. Participants: Predominately female (69%), undergraduate (89%), and white (85%) students (N = 949) from a large, urban, northwestern, bicycle-friendly university completed the electronic version of the ACHA-NCHA II. Methods: Thirty cycling-related questions were added to the ACHA-NCHA II and a subsample of questions was analyzed. Results: Cycling questions added to the ACHA-NCHA II scale were reliable and valid, based on the psychometric data analysis. More than half (59%) of this sample cycled; of those, 58% cycled for transportation and 44% for recreation. Facilitators and barriers to cycling were different for cycling in general and cycling for transportation. Conclusions: Cycling questions added to the ACHA-NCHA II can be utilized to enhance knowledge relative to cycling on college campuses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)274-284
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • active transportation
  • bicycling
  • community health
  • health education
  • recreation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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