Location Choice in the Context of Older Adults’ Leisure-Time Walking

Zhengying Liu (Corresponding author), Astrid D.A.M. Kemperman, Harry J.P. Timmermans

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Leisure-time walking is the most prevalent and preferred form of physical activity of older adults. In order to promote leisure-time walking and enhance the efficiency of using outdoor open spaces, the supply of different types of walking locations should match the needs, interests and preferences of older adults. However, there is limited knowledge on which location types are chosen by which groups of individuals under which conditions. This study therefore examines the effects of socio-demographics, episode participation attributes and neighborhood characteristics on the location choice of older adults for leisure-time walking. A multinomial logit model is estimated based on data collected among 316 respondents aged 60 or older in Dalian, China. The results indicate that older people’s location choices for walking are associated with their sociodemographics, episode participation attributes and neighborhood characteristics. Finally, implications of the results for the planning, design and management of open spaces are identified.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4775
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number13
Early online date2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020


  • Leisure-time walking
  • Location choice
  • Neighborhood environment
  • Older adults
  • Open space


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