Active transportation

Access policy resources with a focus on active transportation.

Pathways to policy: physical activity and built environment

Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP) was an initiative of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer that aimed to reduce the risk of cancer and chronic disease through the implementation of evidence-based program and policy interventions. Three projects focused on creating healthier built environments and increasing physical activity through 165 new policies or policy changes. The following infographic and report describe the lessons learned (i.e. “Pathways to Policy”) from these projects and can inform the development of healthy public policy in jurisdictions across Canada:

Policy case studies

Canadian research, practice, and policy specialists have indicated a need for practice-based evidence on the policy development process to support evidence-informed cancer and chronic disease prevention policy development. A multiple case study approach was employed to uncover important contextually relevant and transferable knowledge about the policy development process as it relates to active transportation policies in three Canadian municipalities – Vancouver, Red Deer and Hamilton.

Policy case study infographics

How we design our transportation networks has a significant impact on our health. Prioritizing active transportation and encouraging mobility of all people helps to achieve increases in physical activity, leading to better health outcomes. View the overview infographic for more information.

Common themes that surfaced across the case studies can be broken down into the following categories:

  • Commitment: Drawing on the commitment of key partners and champions to push the policy agenda through adoption.
  • Engagement: Community engagement to demonstrate to city Council and citizen support for policy.
  • Vision: Creating a shared vision, the importance of framing.
  • Evidence: Using evidence to understand the problem and to inform the policy process

Policy case study reports

City of Hamilton active transportation policy case study (May 2014)

This report highlights the following topics:

  • routine accommodation
  • pedestrian planning
  • road projects
  • cost containment
  • decision-making tool

Metro Vancouver active transportation policy case study (May 2014)

This report highlights the following topics:

  • transportation planning
  • hierarchy of modes
  • pedestrians, cycling, transit
  • separated cycling facilities
  • mode share

City of Red Deer active transportation policy case study (May 2014)

This report highlights the following topics:

  • bike lanes, on-street cycling facilities
  • pilot project
  • public engagement
  • transportation planning
  • active commuting