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Kingston is National Commuting Champion!

June 17, 2019 -

The results are in…and they're definitive.

Kingston is the Commuter Challenge champion!

Thanks to the awesome support of residents, Kingston had the highest percentage of Commuter Challenge participants in Canada, and the second highest number of participants in the entire country after Winnipeg, Man. – a city with over six times Kingston's population. 

"I am amazed at how the community came together to accomplish this incredible feat," says Mayor Bryan Paterson, who helped champion the cause.

Commuter Challenge is an annual, friendly competition held the first week of June that invites participants to leave their vehicles at home and walk, bike, bus, roll, tele-commute or carpool to work.

Residents will recall that, at the start of the Challenge, Kingston entered into a friendly competition with Thunder Bay. This northern Ontario city upset Kingston's five-year run in 2018, as the medium-sized city with the highest percentage of participants.

Mayor Paterson will be sending a Kingston flag and t-shirt to Thunder Bay's Mayor Bill Mauro, who will wear the t-shirt and fly the flag to honour a wager set at the beginning of the competition.

"I think the friendly competition with Thunder Bay helped to motivate us," says Mayor Paterson. "Both cities pushed until the very end, and I think we showcased the difference smaller cities can make when we dedicate ourselves."

"Our competitive nature isn't the only factor driving participation," guesses Mayor Paterson. "I believe a lot of residents are increasingly concerned for the environment and looking for ways to reduce their environmental footprint. For a lot of Kingstonians, commuting is a great way to make a personal impact."

Fast numbers:

  • 1,572 people registered
  • 96 workplaces participated
  • 19,211 kg of emissions were avoided, which is equivalent to taking four cars off the road for an entire year!