Why Actively Commute?
Most people travel to / from work using motorized transportation. For some commuters it may be possible to use AT for part or all of their commute. There are numerous benefits (PDF) to active commuting and they all start with thinking outside the car! First of all, active commuting is an excellent way to build physical activity into a daily routine. According to Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, adults should accumulate 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic physical activity per week in order to achieve health benefits. Active commuting can help reach that goal.
It’s also about time… In some cases, active commuting can take about the same amount of time as driving… or less! Consider the average amount of time it takes to travel when using your own human power (PDF):
- Walking 1 km takes about 12 minutes
- Cycling 1 km takes about 5 minutes
Driving less can also lead to personal cost savings which is good for personal economic health. Find out what it costs to use different travel modes (PDF):
Thinking outside the car and actively commuting also provides environmental benefits:
- Air quality is improved,
- greenhouse gas emissions are reduced; and,
- there is less traffic congestion on the roads.
Public Health Nurse Bernie McCall shares her experience biking 7km to work. With a bit a planning, you can bike to work too.