What is Active Transportation? 

Active Transportation describes getting from here to there–whether that’s commuting, traveling, or for leisure–using human-powered energy. The term encourages modern commuters to look beyond single operator vehicles and reliance on fossil fuels, and explore how we can incorporate more foot and pedal power into our lives and cities. Walking, biking, taking the bus, even skateboarding–that’s all active transportation.

Making bicycling and walking safe, convenient, and fun is an important step in shifting back to people-centered communities. Active transportation inspires safer and healthier and more connected communities. Communities that make active transportation accessible are more equitable economically and environmentally.

Want to learn more about how cities and organizations can promote active transportation? Check out: www.completestreets.org.

In urban areas, trails are vital transportation resources. Portland is Maine’s largest urban center, and as the city continues to grow, so too must sustainable and healthy transportation options.

Portland Trails has been building trails that serve as transportation resources for over 20 years. We also advocate for bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure like sidewalks, bike lanes, crosswalks, and narrower auto-lanes throughout Greater Portland.

Portland Trails works with numerous organizations to ensure safe walking and biking routes in Portland including: the City of PortlandBicycle Coalition of Maine, Safe Routes to School, and numerous local businesses. We are active in helping to implement Portland’s Complete Streets policy, and frequently partner with other local organizations to ensure new developments incorporate resources for commuters who walk, bike, or use public transit.