Geographic distribution of the Ciclovia and Recreovia Programs by neighborhood SES in Bogotá: How unequal is the geographic access assessed via distance-based measures? How Unequal is the Geographic Access Assessed Via Distance-based Measures?

Diana C. Parra, Deepti Adlakha, Jose D. Pinzon, Alexandria Van Zandt, Ross C. Brownson, Luis F. Gomez

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Abstract

Ciclovia, also known as Open Streets initiatives in other countries, are city streets that are closed to motorized traffic and opened during certain times to residents for engaging in physical activity (PA). These initiatives are viewed by policy makers and health and community advocates as being beneficial to social, environmental, and community health. This study explores the geographic distribution of Ciclovia and Recreovia and the differences in geographic access assessed via distance-based measures, based on the socioeconomic status (SES) of the area. Results from this study show that the median distance to the Ciclovia according to SES ranges from 2930 m for SES 1 (most disadvantaged) to 482 m for SES 6 (wealthiest). The median distance to the Recreovia sites ranges from 5173 m for SES 1 to 3869 m for SES 6. This study found revealing urban inequities in the distribution of Ciclovia, whereas there was less inequalities within the Recreovia sites. This study shows that urban interventions are needed to promote recreational activity and reduce health disparities in under resourced, low SES areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-110
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Urban Health
Volume98
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project was supported in part by funds from the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020, The New York Academy of Medicine.

Copyright:
Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Bogota
  • Ciclovia
  • recreational inequalities
  • Recreovia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Urban Studies
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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