In 2005, Statistics Canada reported that roughly 86 percent of Canadians use a car to get to work. That fact comes with significant repercussions not just for the environment, but for the healthcare sector as well.
By integrating active transportation into everyday activities, like walking to the bus stop and biking to work, Canadians can reach the 30 minutes of daily exercise recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada. It would also mean less stress, safer streets and a healthier environment overall.
But active transportation requires neighbourhoods that encourage it—denser communities where shopping, school and work are closer, and the routes that link them are safe and accessible.