What is Active Transportation (AT)?
Active Transportation means using “human power” to get around. Cycling, walking, in-line skating, even cross-country skiing are some examples of how people can get from point A to point B. It can also involve combining modes such as cycling and walking with public transit.
What are the benefits of Active Transportation?
- Encourages healthy lifestyles by improving physical
and mental health.
- Reduces traffic congestion.
- Saves money on health care.
- Results in better air quality.
- Improves road safety for both motorists and cyclists.
- Helps reduce costs associated with driving
(fuel, parking, maintenance).
Active Transportation Network
Building a diverse active transportation network involves creating several safe and easy to use pathways and lanes designated for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. Some of these include:
- Multi-use pathways – a physically separated path that is shared between cyclists and pedestrians.
- Bike paths – a sidewalk level, two-way bike path that is completely separated from motorized traffic and sidewalk traffic by a physical barrier such as a boulevard.
- Cycle track – a bike lane that is physically separated by a curb or a median from traffic lanes and sidewalks.
- Bike lane – dedicated road space for cyclists that are separated from vehicular traffic by signs and pavement markings.
- Diamond lane – reserved lanes that are shared between buses and cyclists.
- Bicycle boulevard – a shared roadway that has been optimized for bike traffic. These discourage cut-through motor vehicle traffic, but typically calms local motor vehicle traffic (most often located on residential streets).
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