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Reliability Testing of the PABS (Pedestrian and Bicycling Survey) Method
Journal of Physical Activity and Health (2012)
  • Asha W. Agrawal, San Jose State University
  • Ann Forsyth, Cornell University
  • Kevin J Krizek, University of Colorado
  • Eric Stonebraker, University of Colorado

The Pedestrian and Bicycling Survey (PABS) is a questionnaire designed to be economical and straightforward to administer so that it can be used by local governments interested in measuring the amount and purposes of walking and cycling in their communities. In addition, it captures key sociodemographic characteristics of those participating in these activities. Methods: In 2009 and 2010 results from the 4-page mail-out/mail-back PABS were tested for reliability across 2 administrations (test-retest reliability). Two versions--early and refined--were tested separately with 2 independent groups of university students from 4 universities (N = 100 in group 1; N = 87 in group 2). Administrations were 7 to 9 days apart. Results: Almost all survey questions achieved adequate to excellent reliability. Conclusions: Transportation surveys have not typically been tested for reliability making the PABS questionnaire an important new option for improving information collection about travel behavior, particularly walking and cycling.

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Asha W. Agrawal, Ann Forsyth, Kevin J Krizek and Eric Stonebraker. "Reliability Testing of the PABS (Pedestrian and Bicycling Survey) Method" Journal of Physical Activity and Health Vol. 9 Iss. 5 (2012)
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