Active transportation refers to any form of human-powered transportation, which can include walking, cycling, using a wheelchair, in-line skating or skateboarding (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2014). Although active transportation has physical, social, environmental and economic benefits, there is still a risk for injury, specifically when it comes to children.
For example, each year, non-motorized wheeled activities (i.e., cycling, in-line skating, skateboarding and scootering) lead to approximately 4,700 child injuries (Lindsay & Brussoni, 2014) and another 2,400 children are injured as pedestrians (CCMTA, 2013).
Parachute Safe Kids Week 2017 runs June 5 – 11, 2017 and focuses on promoting safe and active transportation. Specifically, this collection includes a series of resources featuring common childhood injuries and safe practices for walking, cycling, in-line skating, skateboarding, longboarding and scootering.