Courtesy of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, active transportation is travel powered by human energy, and walking and biking are the most common means of active transportation. Active transportation is a descriptive term that is gradually replacing non-motorized transportation. It recognizes walking and cycling for what they are rather than what they are not.
The Victoria Transport Policy Institute (VTPI) provides additional information about active transportation planning.
Combined with Public Transportation
Public transportation can be an effective way to use active transportation in your everyday activities. For example, you can load your bike on the bus with you in the morning and ride it home in the afternoon. King County Public Health reports that even if you leave your bike at home, research has shown that people who use public transportation get more physical activity on average than people who drive.