What is Active Transportation?
Transport Canada’s Definition of Active Transportation
“Active transportation refers to all human-powered forms of transportation, in particular walking and cycling. It includes the use of mobility aids such as wheel chairs, and can also encompass other active transport variations such as in-line skating, skateboarding, cross-country skiing, and even kayaking. Active transportation can also be combined with other modes, such as public transit.”
Active transportation is about how we use our communities. It is about creating safe and active communities where children can walk and bike, youth are engaged, seniors walk to their neighbours, trails and pathways connect us to natural spaces and community destinations. It is about strong economies, tourism, our environment and our wellbeing.
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."- Steve Jobs
Are you interested in living in a healthy active community? One that is safe for walking and cycling? Through Active Transportation (AT) towns are transforming themselves into more liveable places.
Who is involved in AT? A variety of people should be involved. Some examples may include:
- Walking or Cycling advocates interested in working on improving their local community for walkers and bicycles
- Downtown business people interested in the economic benefits of attracting walkers and cyclists
- Municipal staff interested in the economic potential of pedestrian and cycle friendly communities
- Town planners or other municipal roads managers interested in best practice techniques of building healthier towns and some of the potential cost savings through their infrastructure
- Recreation staff interested in increasing access to their programs and connecting their parks, recreation centres and other town sites through trails, pathways and cycling routes
- Residents that want to be able to get around their community more easily and safely on foot or on a bike.
Learn about these simple concepts that make towns healthier, more vibrant and stronger economically through active transportation.
The Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention of the Public Health Agency of Canada (the Agency) is leading a collaborative project called Mobilizing Knowledge for Active Transportation (MKAT) to help gather and share knowledge that accelerates effective approaches to active transportation across Canada and supports its recognition that designing communities to support active transportation is key to fostering physical activity and producing a variety of public health benefits.