Active Transportation Resources

“Active Transportation is any type of human-powered transportation – walking, cycling, skateboarding, wheeling a wheelchair, an so on – used to get oneself or others from one place to another.” 

– Ontario Ministry of Education, Quick Facts for Parents

The following links provide valuable information on participating in active transportation. Discover the multitude of benefits associated with active transportation, learn the safety skills necessary to participate, or lead a school travel planning initiative to increase active transportation at your school.

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CAA Road Safety Website

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Supported by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), Road Safety for Ontario’s Youth provides road safety information, lesson plans, and a community engagement toolkit for children’s active transportation. Safety information is separated by each grade level to best suit the group.

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Government of Canada

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Prepared by the Government of Canada, this resource outlines the meaning of active transportation and how to incorporate active transportation into daily life.

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Ministry of Transportation

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Prepared by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO), and adapted for children, this guide has information on bicycle equipment, riding tips, and the rules of the road to keep children safe while cycling.

To obtain this information in a different format, please contact the MTO.
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Ministry of Transportation

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Prepared by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO), this is Ontario’s Guide to Safe Cycling. Whether you are new to cycling or are an experienced cyclist, this guide contains important information, tips, and techniques to make you a safe, confident rider. 

To obtain this information in a different format, please contact the MTO.
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Ontario Active School Travel

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The mission of Ontario Active School Travel is to provide safe, easy and enjoyable active transportation for Ontario students.

Their website provides invaluable information about how to implement school active travel. Be sure to check out the School Travel Planning Toolkit to learn more about addressing transportation problems and increasing children’s active transportation to school.

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PHE Canada

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Guide to Ride is a resource made for children in grades 4-6 that can be used by teachers and after school leaders. The goal of this resource is to create an understanding and appreciation of cycling and its benefits.

To access this information, you must have a (free) PHE Canada account.

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Walk & Bike to School

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The National Center for Safe Routes to School is an organization with a goal to make bicycling and walking to schools safe, appealing, and the preferred choice of transportation for families.

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The above links are provided for informational and convenience purposes only; participation by the Northeastern Ontario Research Team for Health and Physical Activity (NORTH PA) lab does not imply endorsement by, or partnership with any of the listed organizations, resources and/or links. The NORTH PA lab bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external sites or for that of subsequent links. Please contact the external sites for answers to questions regarding its content.

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