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Transportation

Increase access to and use of
transportation modes that reduce
negative environmental impacts
and benefit human health and wellness.

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Sustainable Transportation Options for Health-care Staff

 

To continue to build healthy and resilient communities, health organization departments and provincial partners can engage with staff, patients and visitors to increase access to and use of sustainable transportation modes when commuting and travelling between health-care facilities and within the community.

Sustainable transportation refers to modes of transportation that have a reduced negative environmental impact, compared to single-occupancy vehicles that consume gas or diesel. Sustainable modes may include public transit, carpooling, electric vehicles, or active modes of transportation.

Active transportation refers to human-powered transportation modes that reduce the risk of disease, the effects of psychological stress and the negative physical impact of a sedentary lifestyle. This includes walking/rolling, cycling, running, and the use of human-powered or hybrid mobility aids such as wheelchairs, scooters and e-bikes.

 

Goals and impact

  • Ensure a health-care system in which employees, patients and visitors commute and travel in a manner that reduces GHG-related pollutants, minimizes the need for onsite parking and increases overall health and wellness.
  • Reduce staff dependence on single occupancy vehicles for commuting.
  • Increase active modes of transportation in line with B.C.’s Move. Commute. Connect strategy to increase active transportation throughout the province, and align with the CleanBC plan to reduce GHG emissions.
  • Transition to low-carbon communities for the health of communities and the environment.
  • Advance initiatives that support active and clean transportation, including:
    • Carpooling/ridesharing
    • Electric vehicle charging stations
    • Inter-hospital shuttle services
    • Staff transit incentive programs
    • Secure bicycle storage and showering facilities
    • Active transportation events and education
  • Direct active and clean transportation support and resources with consideration for accessibility and mobility requirements of staff, patients and visitors.

  • Increase proportion of staff commuting by sustainable transportation modes

    40%

    2025

    60%

    2030

  • Increase proportion of staff commutes by active transportation

    9%

    2025

    12%

    2030

  • Increase proportion of staff commuting by sustainable transportation modes

    70%

    2025

    85%

    2030

  • Increase proportion of staff commutes by active transportation

    30%

    2025

    35%

    2030

  • Increase proportion of staff commuting by sustainable transportation modes

    60%

    2025

    75%

    2030

  • Increase proportion of staff commutes by active transportation

    25%

    2025

    30%

    2030

  • Increase proportion of staff commuting by sustainable transportation modes

    60%

    2025

    75%

    2030

  • Increase proportion of staff commutes by active transportation

    25%

    2025

    30%

    2030

  • Facilitation and support

    Emily Lomax

    Sustainability Consultant

    Featured Story

    Improved cycling options help staff take to their bikes for commuting

    As a mother of two, BC Cancer Radiation Therapist Corinne Thompson has come up against her fair share of challenges in life. Ferrying kids to and from school and activities made it tough for her to use her bike as much as she would have liked to for local trips around Kelowna.

    Corinne Thompson, Radiation therapist
    CSI, BC Cancer Agency in Kelowna