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Outdoor cycling activity affected by COVID-19 related epidemic-control-decisions

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Schweizer, Anne-Maria ; Leiderer, Anna ; Mitterwallner, Veronika ; Walentowitz, Anna J. ; Mathes, Gregor H. ; Steinbauer, Manuel:
Outdoor cycling activity affected by COVID-19 related epidemic-control-decisions.
In: PLoS One. Vol. 16 (May 2021) Issue 5 . - Art.Nr. e0249268.
ISSN 1932-6203
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0249268

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Aim
The lockdown of sports infrastructure due to the COVID-19 pandemic has substantially shifted people’s physical activity towards public green spaces. With Germany’s lockdown as one of the more severe governmentally imposed epidemic-control-decisions, we tested to what extent the frequency of outdoor cycling activities changed from March to June 2020.
Methods
User behaviour and frequency in 15 urban and 7 rural German public green spaces was quantified using cycling data from the fitness application Strava. Changes in cycling activi- ties were analysed with four different generalised linear models, correcting for factors like weather conditions and temporal changes in the user base of the fitness application.
Results
We found a clear increase in outdoor cycling sport activities in urban public green spaces in response to epidemic-control decisions (e.g. increase by 81% in April relative to the expected value (95% CI [48%, 110%])). In contrast, biking in rural areas showed no signifi- cant change with epidemic-control-decisions in place.
Conclusion
Fitness App data, e.g. from Strava, can be used to monitor visitor behaviour and frequency. The increase in outdoor cycling activities during epidemic control decisions likely reflects a shift of sport activities from indoor and team sports to outdoor and individual sports. This highlights the importance of accessible green space for maintaining physical fitness and health. Beyond this shift, it is likely that outdoor activities may be of particularly importance for stress relief in times of crisis such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Biogeography
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Biogeography > Chair Biogeography - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Carl Beierkuhnlein
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Sport Science
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Sport Science > Professor Sport Ecology
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Sport Science > Professor Sport Ecology > Professor Sport Ecology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Manuel Jonas Steinbauer
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Ecology and the Environmental Sciences
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
500 Science > 500 Natural sciences
500 Science > 550 Earth sciences, geology
500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences
600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 610 Medicine and health
700 Arts and recreation
700 Arts and recreation > 790 Sports, games, entertainment
900 History and geography
900 History and geography > 910 Geography, travel
Date Deposited: 10 May 2021 09:06
Last Modified: 11 May 2021 05:32
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/65136