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A healthy choice

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Using transit is good for you

  • Gives you more daily exercise
  • Offers mental health benefits
  • Stations connect to paths and trails
  • Bikes are welcome onboard

Transit is a mode of active transportation

Walking or cycling to and from transit service gives you 8 to 33 more minutes of exercise every day.

This makes transit a form of active transportation. We’ve made it easy to add cycling and walking to your journey for an even more active commute. 

Health benefits

People who walk, bike and take transit are likely to be more active in their leisure time.

Higher levels of daily exercise help:

  • Lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure
  • Lower the risk of some cancers, including breast and colon
  • Lower the risk of type 2 diabetes

Enjoy better mental health with transit!

Increasing physical activity that comes from taking transit can improve mental health and social connectedness. Active transportation helps you:

  • Improve your mood
  • Get better sleep
  • Lower your stress levels

Use your commute to connect with nature and feel better! 

Enjoy Ottawa’s beautiful parks, bike paths and scenery while getting to the train and while riding it through town. Being in nature and seeing it through windows helps relieve stress and improve well-being.

Taking the train can help you cope with stress. Use your train commute as ‘me time.’

There are many ways to manage stress. It is important to take time for yourself and do things that you enjoy. Use your transit time to listen to music, read a book or catch up on your favourite videos. 


Our stations connect to multi-use pathways

Ottawa has a vast network of multi-use pathways for cycling, running and walking. Most stations connect directly to a pathway. Other stations are located within a short walk of a path or trail.

Signs and maps at each O-Train station will direct you to nearby paths.

It’s easy to combine biking and transit

Bikes onboard

You will be able to bring your bike onboard the train. Bikes will be allowed in the first car of every train, in the Cooperative Seating area.

We will continue to equip many buses with bike racks from late April until late October.

Bike-friendly station features

All O-Train stations and many bus stations have:

  • Bike parking
  • Bike ramps (runnels) to let you easily walk your bike up and down the stairs at multi-level stations

Some stations also feature:

  • Bicycle repair stations to let you perform minor repairs
  • Sheltered parking spots to protect your bike against the elements

Example of a bike repair station
Bike repair station at St-Laurent

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