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Table 3 Most frequently reported recruitment methods and activities

From: Evaluation of the implementation of an intervention to improve the street environment and promote walking for transport in deprived neighbourhoods

  Number of projects Percent
Recruitment methods
 Approached by a local community representativea 71 50.7
 At a local community event 19 13.6
 At a local or regional meeting (e.g. local area/community forums) 17 12.1
 Coordinator approached centre, group or individual 8 5.7
 Through an existing FFW project or word of mouth 8 5.7
 Coordinator attended local community group meeting 7 5.0
 Local Authority-led environmental improvements
  Removal of encroaching vegetation 12 10.3
  New or improved pedestrian signage 9 7.8
  New dropped kerbs or kerb improvements 8 6.9
  New, repaired or improved footpaths 8 6.9
  Resurfacing of footpaths 8 6.9
  General safety improvements (e.g. new fencing around pond) 6 5.2
  Extra bollards to control traffic flow and parking 6 5.2
  Installation of benches/seating 6 5.2
  New or improved street lighting 5 4.3
  Removal, repair or replacement of street furniture (e.g. railings); and installation of maps or noticeboards for maps 5 4.3
 Community-led environmental improvements
  Planting bulbs, shrubs or bedding plants 33 28.4
  Clean-up days 12 10.3
  Litter pick-ups 8 6.9
  Clearance of land or encroaching vegetation 7 6.0
 Promotional and awareness-raising activities
  Led walks 60 51.7
  Themed walks (e.g. a history walk or nature walk) 18 15.5
  Development of maps or resources to promote the improved route/area 22 19.0
  Community events, fun days, celebration events and street partiesb 19 16.4
  School talks or assemblies 19 16.4
  Pledge cardsc 17 14.7
  Walking challenges linked to walk to school month or week 12 10.3
  1. ae.g. a neighbourhood manager, community engagement officers, local councillors or individuals from other community-based services such as head teachers, school governors, centre managers, or local residents
  2. bMany included a walking element such as art activities for children linked to traffic safety, or a led or themed walk
  3. cIndividuals pledged to undertake a specific goal in relation to walking and wrote it down on a card