Active Transportation

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What is active transportation?

Active Transportation describes all human-powered forms of travel. The most common types of active transportation are walking and cycling, but it can also include scootering, skateboarding, trail running, canoeing, kayaking, and more. Active transportation is a key way for more people to be consistently active in their daily lives and improve their health outcomes. 

Evidence shows that people will choose an active mode of transportation if it is efficient, safe, and pleasant — in both perception and in reality. Evidence also shows that residents will choose active transportation where there is infrastructure in place (e.g., sidewalks, bikeways) and where destinations are close together.

Get excited and have your say!

There has been great community enthusiasm so far about developing an active transportation network in North Cowichan! Check out what people are saying. Want to add your voice? Have a project to nominate? Send your thoughts and ideas to 

Why should we care about Active Transportation?

Benefits of active transportation include: efficient transportation that provides safe, dedicated space for all road users; improved air quality and reduced greenhouse gas emissions; improved livability and vibrancy of neighbourhoods; improved economic performance of commercial areas; and better overall health and perspective through daily exercise and stress management.

(note: background information on active transportation is sourced from planH).