On the other hand, people in the lower- and middle-income group are more likely to walk or bike when they find it difficult to drive, the findings showed.

Dimensions of 'attractiveness' that motivate the higher-income group include seeing other people when they walk in their neighbourhoods, the attractiveness of buildings and homes and having interesting things to look at, the study found.

The findings are based on a random survey of 547 King County households who live in the highest- and lowest-density neighbourhoods around State Route 520 across Lake Washington.

The study will be presented at Transportation Research Board annual meeting to be held in Washington, DC, from January 10-14.


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