Let's Talk Active Transportation

What is Active Transportation?

Active transportation includes all human-powered modes of transportation, including walking, biking, rolling, and using a mobility aid, like a wheelchair. New and emerging transportation modes such as e-scooters and e-bikes also fit in this category and may use some of the same trails and pathways. 

Active transportation has many benefits for communities, some of which include:

  • Health and Wellness: Walking, biking, and rolling are all great ways to be physically active while also improving mental well-being. 
  • Community Connections: Active transportation encourages social interaction, which helps to build trust, respect, understanding and a sense of co-operation among community members.
  • Improved Safety: Dedicated spaces for active transportation reduce the risk of injury for people walking, cycling, and rolling, which makes people more comfortable using active transportation modes.
  • Environmental: Completing more trips by walking, biking, and rolling can help lower emissions, reduce traffic congestion, and improve air quality.
  • Economic: Communities that are inviting and accessible by active transportation can generate more forms of economic stimulation. 

Active transportation projects work best when they are connected to a broader network of active transportation infrastructure. The FVRD Active Transportation Network Plan (ATNP) will incorporate existing and planned regional trail networks and connect key regional destinations. The Plan will integrate with municipal active transportation plans, where possible, to create a strong and collaborative network that enhances long-distance commuting and recreational trips for all active modes.

To develop and advance the health of our electoral area communities, the FVRD is working to increase opportunities for active living and reduce motor vehicle-related injuries and fatalities. The ATNP will identify priority areas for network development and address motor vehicle and pedestrian/cyclist conflict areas, with the aim of having multi-use pathways delineated from the road. Moving the region toward active transportation, including related infrastructure and access, has the potential to increase participation in physical activity, increasing overall community health.

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