Transportation has a direct impact on one’s ability to access health promoting services including essential amenities such as grocery stores, schools, recreation facilities, health care and employment.
Public transportation is a basic amenity that provides multiple benefits for all but is particularly necessary for those who don’t own or aren’t able to drive their own vehicle. This includes people on limited incomes, those with physical impairments or disabilities, youth, some seniors and others.
In addition, by building walking and cycling facilities into communities – we also build physical activity into our daily routines.
BCHLA promotes the following policies:
- The BC Government should invest in active transportation, ensuring at least 7% of all infrastructure funding allocated for urban transit, road and other transportation construction be set aside for active transportation infrastructure.
- Increase investments in public transit – emphasize projects that maximize ridership while meeting local and regional needs.
- Encourage the development of hubs with higher density housing, shops and services to facilitate transit for the surrounding community (transit oriented development) in areas where the density is considered too low to deliver efficient regular transit service.
- Establish a task force to explore innovative public transportation systems that can serve rural and remote populations and others with mobility challenges.
- Explore ways to improve transportation to health services including prevention, primary, treatment and tertiary services for rural and remote residents that are unable to afford transportation.
- Continue to support local governments to create complete, connected communities with shops, services, food and employment accessible by transit systems and pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.