Active Transport

Active Transport         
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Australian Sports Commission
evaluated by  Evaluation by: John Armstrong, Executive Officer, Pedal Power ACT; Duane Burtt, Senior Walkable Communities Advisor, Victoria Walks Inc. (January 2016)
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: 28 August 2017     
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Introduction

Walking and cycling are popular activities that can take many different forms, including: leisure-time activity, exercise and fitness, recreation, sport, and walking or cycling used as a mode of transport. Active transport refers to unassisted travel (walking) or non-motorised (bicycle) transportation with an intended destination. There is a great deal of overlap or synergy between walking and cycling used as active transport and similar activity intended for social, recreational, and health outcomes.  

Active transport has many demonstrated benefits – personal (health and fitness), social (community connectivity), environmental (reduced carbon footprint) and economic (infrastructure costs). 


Key Messages 

1

Walking and cycling used as a mode of transport can contribute to personal health and fitness objectives.

2

Engaging in active transport can have positive economic, environmental and social outcomes.

3

Active transport is one of the most effective means of increasing levels of physical activity within a community.




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