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Why Use Active Transportation?

Why Use Active Transportation?

Active transport is defined as physical activity undertaken as a means of transport and not purely as a form of recreation. It is a great way to keep healthy and fit, save money and reduce your impact on the environment.

 

Active transport can include walking, cycling, skating, skateboarding and any incidental activity associated with the use of public transport.

Active transport is an easy way to participate in physical activity and can help you to find 30 minutes of exercise in your daily routine.

The Department of Transport supports active travel with the walking, cycling and travelsmart programs.

 

Active Transport Tips 

  • Walk locally - Walk to your local shops to purchase your bread and milk instead of driving your car. 

  • Use Public transport - Find out your options for catching public transport by contacting the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13 or by visiting the Transperth website.  

  • Ride your bike - Investigate whether you can cycle your bike to work or down to your local video shop.  

  • Be creative - Try and find new ways to incorporate active travel into your day, for example walk to meetings instead of driving or take the stairs instead of the lift.

    To find out more about how you can get involved in active travel in your area visit the TravelSmart section of the Department of Transport website.

    Increase your public transport use and plan your journey or contact the Transperth InfoLine on
    13 62 13.

     

    Active Transport and the Built Environment

    There are clear linkages between the design of the built environment and its impact on the number of people who use active forms of transport, such as walking and cycling, to get to and from their destinations.

    For example, a ride around Sydney will illustrate some of the huge strides that have been made in developing infrastructure and altering streets to make cycling in the city more viable.

    Further resources and information are available on the built environment and how it relates to physical activity levels.

     

    Active Transport Fact Sheets

    The Taskforce, in partnership with the Department of Transport, has produced the following series of Active Transport and TravelSmart fact sheets, which are particularly useful to local governments:

    What is Active Transport?

    What is Active Transport?

    Developed by the Taskforce, in conjunction with the Department of Transport, this fact sheet explains: what active transport is; what the benefits are; how local governments can encourage active transport; and, what local governments are already doing to encourage active transport.

    Resource type:Publications
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    Relevance: Local
    Year published: 2011
    What is a Bicycle User Group?

    What is a Bicycle User Group?

    Developed by the Taskforce, in conjunction with the Department of Transport, this fact sheet explains: what a Bicycle User Group (BUG) does; how local governments support their BUGs; how to start a BUG; and, information for those in country towns or regional centres.

    Resource type:Publications
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    Relevance: Local
    Year published: 2011
    What is a Local Government TravelSmart Officer?

    What is a Local Government TravelSmart Officer?

    Developed by the Taskforce, in conjunction with the Department of Transport, this fact sheet explains: what a Local Government travelSmart Officer is; what the benefits of employing a TravelSmart Officer are; what a TravelSmart officer does; what TravelSmart Officers have achieved so far; and, how to hire a TravelSmart Officer.

    Resource type:Publications
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    Relevance: Local
    Year published: 2011
    What is a Local TravelSmart Guide?

    What is a Local TravelSmart Guide?

    Developed by the Taskforce, in conjunction with the Department of Transport, this fact sheet explains: what a Local TravelSmart Guide is; what are the benefits of having a guide; who provides the information for the guide; how much the guide costs to produce; how the guide can be promoted and distributed and where to find out more information.

    Resource type:Publications
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    Relevance: Local
    Year published: 2011
    What is a TravelSmart School?

    What is a TravelSmart School?

    Developed by the Taskforce, in conjunction with the Department of Transport, this fact sheet explains: What a TravelSmart School is; what the benefits of a TravelSmart school are; and, how Local Governments support TravelSmart schools.

    Resource type:Publications
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    Relevance: Local
    Year published: 2011
    Making Workplaces TravelSmart

    Making Workplaces TravelSmart

    Developed by the Taskforce, in conjunction with the Department of Transport, this fact sheet explains: what a TravelSmart workplace is; what the benefits of a TravelSmart workplace are; how local governements can support TravelSmart workplaces, what TravelSmart workplaces have already done; what a Workplace Travel Plan is; and, how to find out more information.

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    Relevance: Local
    Year published: 2011

     

    Additional Active Transport Resources

    See the key resources below or access the full list of resources relating to 'active transport'.

    Choose Active Transport Resource

    Choose Active Transport Resource

    The Physical Activity Taskforce, in collaboration with the National Heart Foundation (WA) and the Departments of Transport, Sport and Recreation, Education and Health, produced a Year K-7 teacher resource to foster more active transport to and from schools.

    Resource type:Publications
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    Relevance: State
    Year published: 2011
    Walk Maps

    Walk Maps

    The Taskforce compiled examples of walk maps developed by local governments. These maps make it easier for people to be active by cycling, walking or using public transport while doing their everyday activities.

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    Relevance: Local
    Year published: Published year not set
    Walking Case Studies

    Walking Case Studies

    The following walking case studies may assist local governments, non government and community organisations in designing their own walking programs and activities.

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    Tags: None
    Relevance: Locality not set
    Year published: Published year not set
    Walk WA: A Walking Strategy for Western Australia 2007-2020

    Walk WA: A Walking Strategy for Western Australia 2007-2020

    This strategy was developed by the Physical Activity Taskforce to assist the community and all organisations and agencies involved in walking throughout Western Australia. Walk WA aims to improve the health and wellbeing of every Western Australian.

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    Relevance: State
    Year published: 2007
    WA Walking Strategy 2007-2020 - Appendices

    WA Walking Strategy 2007-2020 - Appendices

    This Appendices document accompanies the Walk WA: A Walking Strategy for Western Australia 2007 – 2020 (Walk WA) document.

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    Relevance: State
    Year published: 2012