Rationale

Physical Activity/Health

Ninety-three percent of children and youth are not meeting Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines. Declining activity levels are linked to obesity, illness and chronic diseases (i.e., cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer). Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health.

In addition, poor air quality in spaces where children spend a lot of time can contribute to lung disease and asthma. Globally, more people are dying of overweight than underweight. Health Effects of Air Pollution

Using active transportation for the school journey is one of the easiest ways for students to get regular daily physical activity and to reduce their behaviours. Active Healthy Kids Canada 2011 Report Card

Did you know that distances up to 5 km are traveled more quickly door-to door by bicycle than by car? Air Pollution and Active Transportation.

See these related papers for additional details on children’s health in Canada:

Safety

Convenience & Time

Environment