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This page was reviewed or revised on Friday, March 6, 2015 3:41 PM

Physical Activity Active Transportation Image Active Transportation is a great way to fit regular physical activity into your day! Active transportation refers to any form of human-powered transportation – walking, cycling, using a non-motorized wheelchair, snow shoeing, skiing, skating or skateboarding. There are many ways to engage in active transportation, whether it is walking to the bus stop, or cycling to school/work.


Active transportation offers many benefits, including:

  • Improved public health and reduced healthcare costs by fighting obesity and chronic illnesses like heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
  • Environmental benefits from a reduction in greenhouse gasses
  • Economic benefits from savings on vehicles, fuel and parking
  • Transportation planning benefits via reduced traffic congestion issues
  • Accessible to children, youth, seniors, low income residents and individuals with disabilities that do not permit them to become licensed to operate a vehicle

Every year, more Canadian cities are making active transportation a priority and enjoying the benefits of having more healthy and sustainable communities. Here are some examples of how to support active transportation:

Community Infrastructure and support:

  • have dedicated bicycle lanes and routes;
  • advocate for sharing the road with cyclists;
  • undertake specific measures to ensure the safe integration of pedestrians, cyclists and other active users among motorized vehicle traffic;
  • regularly maintain and upgrade pedestrian and cycling facilities;
  • provide storage for bicycles throughout the community;
  • have an integrated network of pedestrian and cycling paths that are designed for efficient transportation as well as recreation;
  • favour urban design that reduces the distances that people have to travel to get to work, retail areas, schools and recreational/leisure pursuits;
  • encourage the retail and service sectors to support customers who use active modes of transportation;
  • plan streetscapes to be visually-pleasing and inviting to pedestrians;
  • have a network of green spaces throughout the urban and suburban areas;
  • make access to public transit easily integrated with pedestrian and cycling facilities;
  • encourage driver education about sharing the road with others;
  • encourage feedback from citizens, pedestrian and cycling advocacy groups.


Workplaces that support active transportation:

  • support and encourage their employees to adopt active transportation;
  • provide secure bicycle storage, lockers and shower facilities for employees;
  • allow more flexible dress codes;
  • organize workplace challenges, employee recognition programs or support community events to increase awareness;
  • work with municipal planners to map out safe and efficient routes to work and to address infrastructure or safety problems;
  • emphasize reduced motorized transportation while at work and encourage more active modes;
  • offer or subsidize safe cycling or in-line skating clinics for their employees.


Schools that support active transportation:

  • support and encourage their students to adopt an active way to get to school;
  • work with the municipality to identify safe routes for children while addressing safety and infrastructure barriers;
  • encourage parents to form "escorted walks" to and from school for young neighbourhood children;
  • have teachers work with children to identify the safest routes to get to school while teaching children about traffic and pedestrian safety;
  • offer cycling and in-line skating skill and safety courses;
  • work with parents, motorists and the community at large, to make the trip to school a safe trip for children and youth.

From Public Health Agency of Canada  http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/hl-mvs/pa-ap/at-ta-eng.php

Links/Resources

Lambton County Active Transportation Survey Report 2011 http://www.lambtoncountytrails.com/ActiveTransportation/Documents/Final%20Report%202011%20Active%20Transportation%20Survey%20June%2028%202012.pdf

Bike Friendly Lambton
http://www.bikefriendlylambton.com

Green communities Canada - Active & Safe Routes to Schools
http://www.saferoutestoschool.ca/

Public Health Agency of Canada - What is Active Transportation?
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/hl-mvs/pa-ap/at-ta-eng.php

Active Transportation Canada 
http://activetransportation-canada.blogspot.ca/

Hooked on Transit -Sarnia Transit Bike Racks
http://www.city.sarnia.on.ca/pdf/Hooked%20on%20Transit%20Brochure.pdf

Canadian Commuter Challenge
www.commuterchallenge.ca

CAA Bike Safety
http://bikesafety.caa.ca