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Muscle power

You may have heard the term "active transportation" but like many people, you're not quite sure what it means.

Simply put, active transportation is using your own power to get yourself where you want to go – no vehicle, no gas – just muscle power.

Walking is probably the most common form of active transportation  and one that we can do all year round in Yukon, but depending on the time of year, and the community you live in, other options may be:

  • Running or snowshoeing
  • Biking
  • Rollerblading or skate boarding
  • Cross-country skiing

The next time you are in the car, ask yourself whether you could get yourself and your kids to your destination using active transportation.  If you are like most people, you're heading out the door with just enough time to get to your destination by driving.  That's okay – the first step to making change is increasing awareness.  Maybe the next time, or the time after that, you'll leave a little more time and use active transportation instead.

Walking your children to daycare or school is a great way to start the day on the right foot (pun intended).  Many workplaces have flex hours to accommodate families' commitments and schedules.   Flexing your start time may give you the extra time you need to walk your children to school and yourself to work.

Can't walk to school every day?  How about organizing a walking school bus with five of your neighbours?  Every day a different parent gets the pleasure of walking with the kids to school. 

Walking, biking or using other forms of active transportation isn't only about time and distance.  It's also about being able to get from point A to point B safely.  Depending on your community, sidewalks and street lights, bike lanes or paths, and cross-walks or traffic lights may be needed so that you can safely share the roads with drivers. 

Many communities are designed in a way which makes us reliant on cars, snowmobiles, or ATVs to get us from home to school, or home to work.  But every community can be made friendlier and safer for walkers or cyclists of all ages –  if you have ideas about how to make you community more walkable, speak with town council or city planners, or better yet run for office!


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