Active transportation (AT) is any form of human powered transportation that gets you to and from work, school, shopping, appointments, recreation, visiting friends, etc. Walking is an excellent way of fitting physical activity into your daily life and is the most popular form of AT used. It is simple, efficient, requires little equipment and is possible for most people to use when distances are less than 5km.
Walking allows you to experience and appreciate your environment in new ways and to make discoveries that are not possible when using other types of transportation.
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