Small Town Leaders in Active Transportation

Small Town Leaders in Active Transportation promotional banner with photos of locals biking, using a walking stick, and using a wheelchair to travel

Active transportation happens when people use their own power to get from one place to another, and can include walking, biking, skateboarding, using a non-mechanized wheelchair, or snowshoeing.

The benefits of active transportation are multiple; we see increases in physical activity, social connections, and mental well-being, all of which help to prevent chronic disease.

While research on community design that promotes active transportation has largely been done in urban areas, there is a need for knowledge specific to the context and conditions of smaller communities.

The Small Town Leaders in Active Transportation project will fill a gap by developing active transportation resources to help smaller communities across British Columbia.

Small towns typically have good foundations for healthy communities, such as low traffic levels, strong community connections, and close relationships between local leaders and citizens.

BCAHL will research communities to uncover and understand factors that both help and hinder active transportation.

We will highlight small BC communities with populations between 1,000 and 30,000 that are demonstrating greater progress in active transportation. The project plan involves surveying small towns and conducting field research to help us understand barriers and progress in active transportation, that will be used to develop visual case studies.

A community research and evidence review will be distilled into a document highlighting factors that enable and enhance active transportation in small towns.

BCAHL will share these lessons and case studies through a series of workshops and webinars to help build active transportation capacity in BC’s small towns and to inspire other leaders to act.

For more information on the project, download our Small Town Leaders in Active Transportation brochure.