Friday, May 24th, 2013
Room 204 of the Distance Learning Center Wing of the Urban Center on the Portland State University campus

Speaker: Tara Goddard, PhD Student in Urban Studies, PSU

Topic: Are Bicycling and Walking “Cool?”: Adolescent Attitudes about Active Travel

The declining rates of physical activity among children, particularly adolescent girls, are well-documented, yet there has been insufficient research into the attitudes about health behaviors, particularly active travel, of the children themselves. Tara's research explores attitudes about active transportation among children aged 4-17 years and examines how perceived ability, self-efficacy, and sensitivity to certain environments or facilities vary across gender and age of the children. She utilises data from the Family Activity Study, a multi-year longitudinal intervention study in Portland, Oregon, in which 490 children answered surveys regarding their attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors about traveling by walking, bicycling, or being in a car.


Tara Goddard is a 2nd-year PhD student at Portland State University, studying with Dr. Jennifer Dill in the Urban Studies and Planning Department. Tara previously served as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Davis, California. In addition to the travel attitudes of teens, Tara is studying roadway conflict between drivers and bicyclists.