So-Ra Baek, Samina Raja and collaborators how the cultural backgrounds of caregivers influence their perceptions and attitudes toward their children's active commuting to school.
Caregivers in a suburban school district reported low rates of active commuting among children. Domestic and foreign-born caregivers differed in their perceptions of safety from crime.
In addition, foreign-born caregivers who are more acculturated tend to be more reluctant to allow children's active commuting to school in the near future, compared to foreign-born caregivers who are less acculturated. Cultural factors and perceptions of safety from crime should be considered in the development of programs that promote active commuting to school.