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Active Communities

Contact Timiskaming Health Unit to learn more about building healthy communities.

Share the Road: Road Safety is everyone’s responsibility!

Share the Road is a public safety campaign to increase motorists’ and bicyclists’ awareness of shared responsibility for road safety. 

The goals are to increase:

  •          Active transportation through education 
  •          Number of cyclists 
  •          Public recognition of cycling as a viable means of transportation  

Share the Road Signs are throughout Timiskaming   

These signs remind drivers to be aware of other road users — bicyclists and walkers — and to use caution when approaching them. 

Motorists, bicyclists and walkers all have to follow the rules of the road

Active transportation refers to any form of human-powered transportation – walking, cycling, using a wheelchair, in-line skating or skateboarding. Whether walking to the bus stop, or cycling to school or work, active transportation to a destination helps build activity into our daily lives and has many benefits to individuals and communities.                                                                                    

Bicycle Friendly Communities 

The Bicycle Friendly Community Award (BFC) Program provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities that actively support bicycling. 

Communities complete a thorough application and are judged in five categories often referred to as the Five ‘E’s: Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Evaluation & Planning. 

More information: Bicycle Friendly Community 

Healthy Kids Community Challenge

Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC) is a project that aims to create communities where it’s easy for children to lead healthier lives. It focuses on healthy eating and physical activity, encouraging children age 0-12 years and their families to engage in healthy behaviours, and creating environments in which it’s easy to do so.

Healthy Kids Community focus area includes the City of Temiskaming Shores, Temagami, Latchford, Cobalt, Elk Lake, Earlton and smaller surrounding rural and unorganized areas in South Timiskaming. For more information, visit the HKCC City of Temiskaming Shores website.

Affordable Access to Recreation

The cost of some organized sports or physical activities–including transportation to and from these activities—can put these activities out of the reach of some families with low incomes. 

Affordable access to recreation policies support the idea that recreation, as well as its inherent benefits, should be accessible to everyone in a community.

KidSport and JumpStart are two programs that help remove some of the financial barriers to participating in sports. See more information on these programs here.

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