What is Active Transport?
Active transport is defined as physical activity undertaken as a means of transport and not purely as a form of recreation. Active transport generally refers to walking and cycling for travel to and/or from a destination, but may also include other activities such as roller blading or use of public transport.
Many people find that choosing active transport options is an effective way to build physical activity into their daily routines and busy schedules. Active transport also has the added benefit to communities and the environment of reduced traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.
Walking and Cycling
Walking and cycling are easy and accessible forms of activity for most Victorians. Both are forms of aerobic activity with relatively low risk of muscle or ligament injury.
Walking is the most popular form of recreational activity for Victorians, and cycling is the fourth most popular activity. But walking and cycling are often overlooked as means of transport. A significant percentage of car trips in Victoria each day are for short distances, which are easily accessible on foot or by bicycle. By choosing the active transport option, you can build more activity into your day and reduce your auto transport costs, while contributing to reduced traffic congestion and cleaner air, and experiencing your local community on a whole new level.
The Victorian TravelSmart program helps people reduce their dependency on the car and choose sustainable travel alternatives such as cycling, walking or catching public transport. TravelSmart involves State and Local Governments working with individuals, households and organisations to identify and promote these alternatives where possible.