240145 A community-based program to promote physical activity on downtown city streets in Atlanta

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 10:50 AM

Christine E. Stauber, PhD , Institute of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Andrea Torres , Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta
Kathleen E. Sobush, MS, MPH , Transportation Planner, Buildings and Facilities Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Rebecca Serna, MPS , Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Atlanta, GA
Kate Kroell , Institute of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Introduction: On May 23 and October 17, 2010, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, in partnership with stake-holders and with the help of hundreds of volunteers, organized Atlanta Streets Alive (ASA). ASA took a valuable public space – city streets in downtown Atlanta - and opened them up for people to play, walk, bicycle, breathe, and make their own. ASA is modeled on tremendously successful events of Ciclovias Recreativas from around the world, including Bogotá, Colombia. Methods: To better understand the ability to increase physical activity and promote public health, a survey and participant counts were performed at the events. Surveys assessed the participants' activities in the following areas: physical activity, transportation, social capital/safety, and demographics. Results: More than 10,000 people were estimated to have attended the two events and a total of 389 surveys were completed. Based on the surveys, almost half (46%) of the participants reported that they walked or bicycled to the events. Once at the event, participants spent an average of 153 minutes bicycling, walking, running and doing other physical activities, suggesting that the events provided opportunities to reach recommended physical activity levels. The overwhelming majority of surveyed participants agreed that they felt the event was inclusive, safe and provided opportunities to meet people they normally would not. Conclusions: The results from ASA 2010 suggest that it provides opportunity for increased physical activity and social capital to a diverse population and may provide a sustainable and cost-effective opportunity for reducing barriers to physical activity in Atlanta.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe the theoretical model of how Ciclovia Recreativa can impact public health by promoting physical activity and social capital. 2) Identify key stake-holders and participants required to organize a successful Ciclovia-like activity 3) Design an appropriate evaluation to estimate participation and health benefits gained from a Ciclovia-like event

Keywords: Physical Activity, Community-Based Public Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an assistant professor of public health and have worked as a volunteer to coordinate a survey and evaluation of the event. I worked independently to coordinate this evaluation although.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.