The transportation shake up
For those who live in rural areas, giving up your vehicle and choosing to travel solely by alternate modes of transportation is difficult. However, driving less and looking to other transportation options to supplement your travel is do-able – and your health, community and environment will thank you.
Active transportation, or ‘human-powered travel” refers primarily to walking and cycling but can also include in-line skating, skateboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and even kayaking and canoeing. Although not all options are possible in every community, biking to the convenience store or walking to your neighbour’s dinner party can have multiple benefits:
• Improve health by fighting obesity and chronic illnesses
• Offers independent mobility for children, youth and seniors
• Emission free, making it a powerful weapon against climate change and air pollution