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Commuter Challenge just one month away!

May 2, 2019 -

Attention all commuters: the countdown is on. Commuter Challenge 2019 is one month away and all residents are encouraged to participate. Register now at www.CommuterChallenge.ca.

"This year, more than ever, Commuter Challenge is about personal health, as well as the health of our environment," says Mayor Bryan Paterson.

"More and more, residents are telling us that the environment is a priority. Council is acting on this, but during the week of June 2-8, everyone can get involved! You can walk, bike, bus, roll, and/or telecommute," says Mayor Paterson.

"And if that's not an option, there are other ways to reduce your environmental footprint, such as carpooling, and/or using one of the City's Park &Ride sites." Find a list of Park & Rides sites at www.KingstonTransit.ca.

This year, the local planning committee that champions the Commuter Challenge is working to dispel some common misconceptions in an effort to bolster participation and help restore Kingston as the top participating city in Ontario (last year, we were bested by Thunder Bay for the position).

"We want every resident to know they can take part in Commuter Challenge and help make a difference," says Kristin Mullin, the executive director of Sustainable Kingston, a member of the planning committee, which also includes representatives from Queen's University, St. Lawrence College, KFL&A Public Health, Cycle Kingston, Kingston Transit, the City and Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation.

For this reason, Mullin and other members are making a special effort to debunk common misconceptions.

  • "The Commuter Challenge isn't just for urban residents," says Mullin. People living in rural Kingston are encouraged to participate by car-pooling, busing from a park and ride, and/or tele-commuting when possible.
  • If you regularly take steps to reduce your environmental footprint through sustainable commuting, you can still participate. "The only way we can measure the difference we make when we're working together is by tracking all of our efforts. So if you bus, cycle, rollerblade – whatever the case may be – on a regular basis, you should still register for this event," says Mullin. (Plus, by registering and logging your kilometres at CommuterChallenge.ca you could win one of five $100 Prepaid Visas!)
  • Commuter Challenge is for the whole family! This is a point KFL&A Public Health is especially keen to shine a spotlight on. "We don't just commute to work. We often find ourselves driving to after school and extracurricular activities too," says Peter Bearse, a registered nurse with the health unit. "Commuter Challenge is an opportunity to get active with the whole family, and discuss environmental impact."

Take the Challenge and Win!

If you're interested in becoming a Commuter Challenge Champion, register today at CommuterChallenge.ca! Then, the week of June 2-8, leave your car at home, log your kilometres, share your experience on social media using #CommuterChallengeYgk, and win!

Stay tuned to the City's social media channels to learn about events planned around Commuter Challenge, like an upcoming Learn-to-Cycle-in-the-City session being hosted by Sustainable Kingston and Cycle Kingston.