Active Transportation


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Active transportation refers to all types of human-powered transportation - walking, cycling, in-line skating or skateboarding, and using a wheelchair. There are many ways to engage in active transportation such as walking to the bus stop, or cycling to school/work.

Active transportation provides:

  • Opportunities for people to be physically active on a regular basis
  • More opportunities to meet people
  • Less motor vehicle traffic on our roads 
  • Less air pollution from greenhouse gas emissions
  • Opportunities to save money on gas and parking

For more information about the health benefits of using active transportation, please read our Active Transportation and Health resource.


Active and Safe Routes to School

Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) is a program that promotes safe, walkable neighbourhoods and communities. Schools and community organizations work together to encourage active travel to and from school, that is fun and safe for all children.

Walking or biking to school is:

  • Safe
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Healthy (physically and mentally)
  • Fun and enjoyable
  • Practical and economical

Active transportation to and from school can include walking, cycling, rollerblading or skateboarding.

Walking to school can provide:

  • Opportunities for children and youth to be physically active on a regular basis
  • Improved community and quality of life
  • Less motor vehicle traffic on our roads 
  • Less air pollution from greenhouse gas emissions 
  • Opportunities to save money on gas 
  • Improved concentration and focus at school

If you are a principal or teacher and would like information and resources for your school or classroom, please visit the Active & Safe Routes to School page.

For more information visit:

Walking and Biking to School - School Activities

Preparing Children to Walk to School


See also


Links & Resources

Public Healthy Agency of Canada - What is Active Transportation?  

Can-Bike Canada (bicycle skills training)   

eSolutionsGroup