HEALTH, ACCESSIBILITY, AND EQUALITY
The memorial link will improve health, accessibility and equality. By changing the way we plan and build our roads, we can make them safe and accessible to everyone.
- A survey shows that 82% of Canadians have expressed an interest in walking more regularly, and 66% of Canadians have indicated a desire to cycle more, however, safety concerns prevent them from becoming more active.
- Current land use planning and automobile-oriented transportation systems are closely linked to Canadians’ low levels of daily physical activity.
- Safe walking and cycling opportunities can reduce inequality by enabling individuals without motor vehicles to more easily access goods and services.
- In Canada, older adults, children, and low-income families are less likely to own cars, and are therefore most likely to benefit from improvements to alternative modes of transportation.