Active transportation

Getting around the healthy way

Active transportation is any way of getting from one place to another by using your own power.

Active transportation includes:

  • walking, jogging and running
  • biking
  • in-line skating/rollerblading
  • skateboarding
  • non-mechanized wheelchairing
  • snowshoeing and cross-country skiing

Benefits of active transportation

Taking part in active transportation will help you:

  • maintain a healthier lifestyle by increasing physical activity
  • reduce the amount of money you spend on gas and parking

Active transportation also helps the environment by:

  • reducing road congestion
  • reducing vehicle-related greenhouse gas emissions

Making active transportation part of your life

Making active transportation part of your life is easier than you think.

If the weather's nice and you're going somewhere nearby, you should consider choosing active transportation.

Here are a few ideas to help get you started:

  • Walk or bike with your kids to daycare or school instead of driving them.
  • Ride your bike to work instead of taking the car.
  • Walk or bike to the grocery store with your kids.

Active transportation in your community

Active transportation is even easier to use if your community supports and encourages it. Many communities have measures in place to make active transportation easier for you and your family:

  • dedicated bike lanes and cycling paths
  • precautions to ensure pedestrians, cyclists, and other active transportation users can integrate safely with vehicle traffic
  • racks for parking bicycles
  • secure storage for bicycles
  • public transit facilities combined with pedestrian and cycling facilities
  • driver education programs that teach the rules of  sharing the road with others

If active transportation is a challenge in your community, especially if you’re living in a rural area, try to incorporate physical activity throughout the day while at school or work.

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