June 2011

Document Type


Degree Name



Dept. of Public Health and Preventive Medicine


Oregon Health & Science University


Objective: The built environment may shape walking habits among older women. This study was designed to address the gaps in literature related to quantifying the built environment in order to investigate the association between the built environment and walking. Standardized and high resolution geographic units were established to objectively measure built environment attributes, and subsequent use of cluster analysis to assess the mixed effect among built environment attributes facilitated the examination of the association between urban forms and walking among women 65 years or older residing in the Portland metro area. Methods: Data from the Metro Regional Land Information System were adopted to establish high resolution objective built environment measures related to: accessibility of bus stops, light rail stations, commercial areas, and park areas; route connectivity; and population density. Cluster analysis was performed to define areas/urban forms that shared similar built envir




School of Medicine



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.