Imagine a city where individuals use their own power to get from one place to another. Walking, cycling, or running as a replacement for your regular mode of transportation. This concept is the basis of active transportation. Active transportation not only benefits our health, but also the environment, economy, and society, all while reducing the strain on our transportation system. While active transportation is the goal, we know that it is not possible for everyone to replace their regular mode of transportation without challenges.
This is where complete streets are important. Complete streets are networks of streets that are designed in a way that is safe for all road users. This includes those who walk, drive, utilize transit systems, and more. Not only are these streets safe for everyone, but they are also accessible and practical for all ages and abilities.
In designing complete streets, communities are built for different purposes including education, employment, residential, and commercial. In turn, these communities become more accessible for individuals to build active transportation into their daily lives. When work is a block away from home, and the grocery store is around the corner, the need to use motor vehicles is greatly eliminated. Here in the Niagara region, an array of complete streets gives you the opportunity to start your transition to becoming an active transportation user today.
Complete Streets for Canada. (2021). What are complete streets? https://www.completestreetsforcanada.ca/
Government of Canada. (2014). Active Transportation. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/being-active/active-transportation.html#a1
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