Active Transportation refers to the use of human power to travel between places. Walking, cycling, using a wheelchair, in-line skating and skateboarding are all forms of active transportation.
Active Transportation Programs in Peel
Why Use Active Transportation?
Using active transportation can improve your health and well-being by:
- Keeping you physically active on a regular basis.
- Lowering your blood pressure.
- Increasing your energy.
- Increasing your muscle strength.
- Lowering your stress levels.
Save money and help the environment
You'll save money and cause less wear and tear on our roads each time you leave your vehicle at home. Active transportation also cuts down on:
- Greenhouse gases
- Air pollution
- Noise pollution
- The need for new parking lots and roadways
It can be difficult to maintain proper physical distancing when carpooling in a vehicle or taking public transit. If possible, work from home, cycle, walk or use a private vehicle to get around. If you feel sick or think you may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, stay home and get tested.
If you rely on carpooling or public transportation, follow the Core Four actions and these additional tips to stay safe.
- Limit the number of people in a vehicle.
- Wear a non-medical mask or face covering if commuting with anyone outside your household or social circle.
- Keep the windows open if weather permits to bring in fresh air and use the air vents to improve air circulation inside the vehicle.
- Increase cleaning and disinfecting of high touch areas, such as seatbelts, door handles, steering wheel, radio, window buttons and dashboard.
- Keep a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer in the car for passengers to use.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before getting in and after getting out of the car; encourage passengers to do the same.
- Check transit provider guidelines before travelling. Non-medical masks are now mandatory on many local transit services. Follow any additional safety measures and directions from transit providers.
- Keep a minimum of 2 metres (6 feet) distance away from others during your travels, both while riding transit and while waiting at bus stops or inside terminals.
- Hold onto handrails. It’s better to keep yourself safe and prevent a fall. Avoid touching your face and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean your hands before getting in and after getting off.
- Check transit schedules as transit providers may be running reduced services. Consider travelling during off-peak times when routes may be less crowded.
Peel Sustainable Transportation Strategy
The Sustainable Transportation Strategy (STS), approved by Regional Council in February 2018, sets a goal of a 50% sustainable mode share by 2041. The STS is accompanied by two implementation plans, one which focuses on active transportation (AT) and another which focuses on transportation demand management (TDM).
If travel habits remain the same, by 2041 it is estimated that there will be 45% more vehicles on the road during the morning peak period—or approximately 190,000 more cars. In order to achieve a 50% sustainable mode share and reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicles on Peel roads, the STS proposes a number of actions to increase trips by walking, cycling, transit, carpooling, and telework.
For more information, please contact:
Manager, Sustainable Transportation
Region of Peel
Phone: 905-791-7800 ext. 4553
E-mail Judy Yack
Region of Peel
10 Peel Centre Dr., Suite B, 4th Floor
Brampton, ON L6T 4B9