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Kingston and Thunder Bay mayors launch a Commuter Challenge between the two cities

May 23, 2019 -

Commuter Challenge is heating up in two Ontario cities. Yesterday, Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson challenged Mayor Bill Mauro of Thunder Bay to a friendly competition between the two cities.

On Twitter, Mayor Paterson wrote, "#CommuterChallenge2019 #YGK had the highest participation rate for a Canadian mid-sized city for 5 years. Last year we were bested by @CityThunderBay. Looking forward to reclaiming our spot! Mayor Mauro, how do you feel about a friendly challenge? Is the sleeping giant up for it?"

Mauro responded by accepting the friendly challenge.

The two have since agreed the city with the highest number of Commuter Challenge participants will be named the winner. The triumphant city will hand over a shirt, quintessential to that place, which the losing City's mayor will wear on June 17, while raising the other city's flag.

"This is a friendly competition," says Mayor Paterson. At the end of the day, our real goal is to encourage more people to participate in Commuter Challenge."

Mayor Mauro echoed this statement.

"Last year, we were overwhelmed by the number of people who participated in Commuter Challenge. This year, we are set to be impressed again. More and more, our residents acknowledge the positive impact leaving their cars at home has on our health and environment."

Commuter Challenge is an annual event, held across Canada from June 2-8. It invites residents to leave their vehicles at home and bike, walk, bus, roll, carpool or tele-commute to work.

To register, visit www.CommuterChallenge.ca