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What is Active Transportation?

Active transportation (AT) refers to any form of human-powered transportation -- walking, cycling, using a non-motorized wheelchair, in-line skating or skateboarding. There are many ways to engage in active transportation; cycling to school/work, walking to the corner store, even hosting a walking meeting with a colleague are all forms of AT.

The link between AT and Public Transit is a perfect way to incorporate physical activity in to your daily routine. Have you ever thought of the following:

  • You would like to bike to work but live too far away? Codiac Transpo has bike racks on all our buses. Bike a comfortable distance to a bus stop and connect with public transit.
  • You are having a difficult time incorporating physical activity in your daily routine? Why not consider extending your walk to the next bus stop.
  • You have an appointment in town but not sure you want to ride your bike back as the weather calls for rain later in the day? No problem, Codiac Transpo can take you and your bike back home.

Communities that endorse active transportation:

  • 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;
  • link active transportation to public transit in the form of walking to the bus stops and by offering bike racks on buses;
  • 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 greenspaces 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 endorse active transportation:

  • support and encourage their employees to adopt active transportation;
  • provide secure bicycle storage, lockers and shower facilities for employees;
  • encourage multi-modal travel by linking employees to public transit;
  • 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;
  • provide or subsidize safe cycling or in-line skaing clinics for their employees.

Schools that endorse 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.

(Above adapted from the Public Health Agency of Canada)