Active transportation in children over the years, 2010 -2018

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The Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children Study covers health, well-being, social environments and health behaviours in students in grades 6 to 10 from across Canada, and is repeated every 4 years.

Active transportation can refer to all non-motorised, human-powered forms of travel and includes:

  • Walking
  • Biking
  • Kick scooters
  • Snowshoeing
  • Skateboarding
  • Non-motorised wheelchair
  • Cross-country skiing
  • In-line skating/rollerblading

Motorised TransportFootnote *, Biking, Walking To Get to School—2010 to 2018

Overall, between 2010 and 2018, the use of motorised transport to get to school has increased from 67% to 74%, and particularly for:

  • Girls, from 70% to 77% (there was no change for boys)
  • 8th graders, from 62% to 72% (there were no changes for 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th graders)

Overall, between 2010 and 2018, biking to school has increased from 2% to 4%, and particularly for:

  • Boys, from 4% to 7% (there was no change for girls)
  • 6th graders, from 4% to 8%, and 7th graders, from 2% to 6% (there were no changes for 8th, 9th and 10th graders)

Overall, between 2010 and 2018, walking to school has decreased from 31% to 22%, and particularly for:

  • 6th graders, from 35% to 24%, and 8th graders, from 36% to 24% (there were no changes for 7th, 9th and 10th graders)

Among students who live less than 5 minutes from school

The good news:

  • More are biking to school (an increase from 4% to 8%)

The bad news:

  • Fewer are walking to school (a decrease from 52% to 39%)
  • More are using motorised transport (an increase from 44% to 53%)

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Data source: Health Behaviour in School Aged Children Study, 2009/2010; 2013/2014; 2017/2018.

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