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Physical Activity - Transportation

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"The journey matters as much as the destination..."
-Michelle Dockery

Before you hop in the car and drive to your destination, consider walking instead! Walking can be a form of active transportation. It can build physical activity into your daily living, save you money on gas, and is environmentally friendly.

Walk to school

Three pictures: kids walking to school, girl holding mother's hand walking, young adults walking to class

The 2014 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card gave Canadian children and youth a grade of D- for physical activity levels, as only 5% of children and youth are meeting the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Walking and wheeling to and from school can help students get up to 45 more minutes of physical activity every day.

Regular physical activity can help children and youth improve their health and fitness and do better in school by improving memory, concentration and attention span.

Some ways you can get your children walking:

  • walk with your children to school when possible
  • start a “Walking School Bus” with other families or older children in your neighbourhood
  • talk to your child's school about current programs (example, IWALK)
To learn more about walking to school, visit: Active & Safe Routes to School

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 wheelchairs, 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. (Transport Canada, 2011)

Learn more about other forms of active transportation.


"Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time."
-Steven Wright

woman walking with a bag of groceries
Walking to the store

man walking holding a briefcase
Walking to work