Activate your Commute

Add some fitness and fresh air into your daily routine by switching up how you get to work, school or wherever you need to go. Participating in active transportation can enhance your physical, mental, and emotional health and boost your overall well-being. Choosing active and sustainable transportation also helps improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Benefits

  • Increase your daily physical activity with a 10-30 minute daily walk or cycle.
  • By not driving, you are helping to reduce traffic congestion.
  • Less driving means less air pollutants that negatively affect lung and heart health, reducing asthma attacks and respiratory infections within the community.
  • Enhance your relationship with the community and environment by stopping to smell the flowers or chatting with neighbours on the way to and from work or school.
  • Clear your mind while you walk, cycle, or simply relax on the bus.
  • Healthy commuters are more alert and adept at work and have fewer sick days.

Active modes of transportation

Walking, cycling and riding transit are the most common types of active transportation, but active modes such as: in-line or roller skating, scootering, skateboarding, paddling, snowshoeing, or using e-bikes, e-scooters or wheelchairs are also included in these benefits.

Walk

Walking is the easiest way to incorporate fitness you’re your day. You don’t need any new gear or equipment, and it can help you de-stress and connect with your community.

If you live close enough to walk to work, school or to do errands, try it at least one day a week. If you live near a transit route, get off the bus a few stops early.

Cycle

Walking is the easiest way to incorporate fitness you’re your day. You don’t need any new gear or equipment, and it can help you de-stress and connect with your community.

If you live close enough to walk to work, school or to do errands, try it at least one day a week. If you live near a transit route, get off the bus a few stops early.

For a refresher on cycling skills and safety, take the Ride Right Course with the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition.

Take Transit

If you don’t live close to where you work or go to school, try transit. The Comox Valley regional transit system serves the whole valley, connecting all regions and offering a convenient, stress free ride.

Forget about traffic and parking while you relax onboard. Get exercise by walking or cycling to and from your stops. Plan your trip at  

bctransit.com/comox-valley.

Safety Tips

  • Follow the rules of the road – obey all traffic signs, signal, and watch for traffic at intersections, cross at crosswalks, ride with traffic (bike), walk against traffic or use sidewalk when available, use proper lane position, etc.
  • Wear appropriate clothing to be visible and safe – wear helmet, protective equipment, be visible with bright or reflective clothing, appropriate for the weather and wear lights if commuting at night.
  • Stay alert and aware of surroundings – to monitor for potential dangers such as uneven terrain, road conditions or drivers not paying attention.
  • Inspect your mode of transportation often – check tire inflation, secure cargo, ensure mechanical items are in good working condition such as brakes, chains, belts, lights, etc.
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