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Active Transportation

What is active transportation (AT)? Active transportation is any form of human powered transportation that gets you to and from places such as work, school, the store or visiting friends. Walking and cycling are the most popular forms of active transportation and are often combined with other modes including public transit.[REF-43x]


London ON Bikes: the City of London Cycling Master Plan

Cycling is changing and growing in London. The City is developing a new master plan and vision for cycling (both on and off-road) which reflects new trends, builds upon the facilities that we already have and aims to design new facilities and programs for all different types of cyclists. Check out London ON Bikes →

Key Resources

The Health of Canadians

  • Many Canadians, including those who live in Middlesex-London, are not physically active enough to obtain health benefits[REF-43y]
  • Only 15% of Canadian adults and 9% of Canadian children get the recommended amount of weekly physical activity[REF-43z]
  • 60% of Canadian adults and 26% of Canadian children and youth are overweight or obese[REF-43x]
  • Obesity and physical inactivity increase the risk of developing heart disease, stroke and other chronic conditions like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and various cancers[REF-43x]

Active Transportation can be part of the solution!

Active transportation is a way to make physical activity a regular part of your everyday life. Active transportation is also good for the environment and economy.

Benefits of Using Active Transportation[REF-43x], [REF-440]

  • Improve your overall fitness
  • Healthier body weight
  • Reduce your risk of several chronic diseases
  • Reduce stress
  • Connect you to your community
  • Improve productivity at school and work
  • Save you money
  • Improve air quality
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School Travel Planning

School Travel Planning (STP) encourages active transportation to and from school by developing an action plan to build upon strengths and work to remove concerns around your school.

Date of creation: March 22, 2013
Last modified on: May 19, 2016


1Government of Canada. (2014). What is Active Transportation? Retrieved on January 19, 2018. Retrieved from
2Statistics Canada. Canadian Health Measures Survey. (2017). Directly measured physical activity of adults, 2012 and 2013. Retrieved on January 19, 2018. Retrieved from
3Statistics Canada. Canadian Health Measures Survey. (2017). Directly measured physical activity of children and youth, 2012 and 2013. Retrieved on January 19, 2018. Retrieved from
4Canadian Alberta Centre for Active Living. (2017). Benefits of active transportation. Retrieved on January 19, 2018. Retrieved from
5Daniel, K. & Perrotta, K. (2017). Prescribing Active Travel for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet: A Toolkit for Health Professionals. Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). Retrieved on January 19, 2018 Retrieved from