How do awareness, perceptions, and expectations of an urban greenway influence residents’ visits and recreational physical activity? Evidence from the Connswater Community Greenway, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Ruoyu Wang*, Matthew H.E.M. Browning, Frank Kee, Ruth F. Hunter

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Abstract

The development of an urban greenway as part of a major regeneration project may encourage usage and recreational physical activity (PA). However, how the awareness and perceptions of such a project influence the usage of the greenway and recreational PA after regeneration remains unclear. This study focused on these relationships in the context of a major urban regeneration project, the Connswater Community Greenway (CCG) in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Data were collected from residents living near the CCG at 6 months postimplementation (2016/2017). Awareness, perceptions, and expectations of the CCG were assessed using several self-reported questions. Respondents were split into intervention and control groups based on a 1-mile threshold distance to the CCG from their home address (intervention group ≤1 mile; control group >1 mile). Self-reported CCG usage included both frequency and duration of visits. Recreational PA was evaluated with the Global Physical Activity Questionnaire and PA stages of change measure. We used multilevel linear and logistic regressions to examine awareness, perceptions, and expectations of the CCG on visitation and recreational PA. Results showed that favorable awareness, perceptions, and expectations were positively associated with CCG visits and recreational PA. Frequent and longer durations of CCG visits were also important for encouraging recreational PA. These findings provide evidence that it is important to include awareness-raising programs and education regarding the urban greenway development for health benefits.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
JournalLeisure Sciences
Early online date09 May 2024
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Publication statusEarly online date - 09 May 2024

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