Table 1

 Characteristics of 4157 participants in the 1996 Active for Life survey (wave 2), demographics, self reported walking, and perceptions of the environment by gender

Number of subjectsMenWomenAllp
178423734157
Demographics
Age group (%)0.39
    16–247.26.97.0
    25–3416.919.218.2
    35–4419.320.119.8
    45–5420.118.519.1
    55–6416.516.316.4
    65–7420.119.019.5
Social status (%)<0.01
    AB23.412.817.4
    C129.135.432.7
    C222.613.417.3
    DE24.838.432.6
Educational qualifications (%)<0.01
    A levels or higher39.428.333.1
    Any qualifications33.333.933.7
    No qualifications27.237.833.3
Self reported health limitation (%)<0.01
    Yes36.241.239.0
Car use (%)<0.01
    Yes80.769.674.4
Home ownership (%)0.07
    Owned/being bought78.275.576.7
Walking
Walking for at least 15 min/week (%)0.43
    ⩽15 min/week10.511.310.9
    ⩾15 min/week89.588.789.1
Walking for at least 150 min/week (%)0.32
    ⩽150 min/week (%)89.188.188.5
⩾150 mins/week10.911.911.5
Perceptions of environment
Safe to walk in the day (%)<0.01
    High safety97.093.194.8
    Low safety3.06.95.2
Safe to walk at night (%)<0.01
    High safety68.229.546.1
    Low safety31.870.553.9
Park/open space convenience (%)0.52
    High convenience89.388.688.9
    Low convenience10.711.411.1
Local shops convenience (%)0.33
    High convenience69.370.870.1
    Low convenience30.729.229.9
Neighbourhood aesthetics (%)<0.01
    High aesthetics60.774.468.9
    Low aesthetics39.325.631.1
Neighbourhood traffic (%)<0.01
    High traffic levels93.588.890.8
    Low traffic levels6.511.29.2
Access to leisure centre (%)0.04
    High access90.188.188.9
    Low access9.911.911.1
Company (%)0.19
    Has company36.634.635.5
    No company63.465.464.5
No company (%)0.51
    Not prefer company30.931.931.5
    Prefers company69.168.168.5