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Table 1 Characteristics of participating schools

From: International inter-school competition to encourage children to walk to school: a mixed methods feasibility study

City School Type School size (total no. of students) *No. of participants (% of total sample) Reason for participation
London L 1 Secondary; 11–14 yrs 1500 600 (16%) Increase physical activity; reduce traffic congestion
L 2 Secondary; 11–14 yrs; all boys 625 250 (6%) Increase physical activity; reduce traffic congestion
L 3 Secondary; 11–14 yrs 800 317 (8%) Reduce traffic congestion; increase road safety
L 4 Secondary; 11–14 yrs 600 240 (6%) Increase physical activity; increase social cohesion
L 5 Secondary; 11–14 yrs 750 310 (8%) Increase social cohesion; increase use of open spaces; reduce traffic congestion
L6 Secondary; 11–14 yrs 750 310 (8%) Increase social cohesion; increase use of open spaces; reduce traffic congestion
L7 Secondary; 11–14 yrs; all girls 1200 480 (13%) Reduce traffic congestion; increase physical activity
Summary    Mean 889 Total 2507  
Reading R 1 Secondary; 11–14 yrs 1100 440 (12%) Increase physical activity; improve links with international schools
R 2 Secondary; 11–14 yrs 750 300 (8%) Reduce traffic congestion; increase physical activity
R 3 Secondary; 11–14 yrs; all girls 630 252 (7%) Reduce traffic congestion; increase physical activity; increase road safety
Summary    Mean 827 Total 992  
Vancouver V 1 Primary; 5–13 yrs 218 206 (5%) Reduce traffic congestion; decrease car transport to school
V 2 Primary; 5–13 yrs 132 112 (3%) Reduce traffic congestion; decrease car transport to school
Summary    Mean 175 Total 318  
Overall - - - Total 3817 -
  1. *Number who agreed to participate in the intervention.