What is the Commuter Challenge?
The Commuter Challenge encourages Canadians to leave their vehicle at home and hop on their bike, take transit, walk, plan a carpool or telecommute. Contribute to reducing emissions, air pollution and stress! The Challenge takes place during Canadian Environment Week, June 4-10, 2017.
This year, The City of Red Deer, along with other local businesses and workplaces including Stantec, Alberta Energy Regulator, Bower Mall and Berry Architecture, are participating in the challenge.
Here’s how the Commuter Challenge works:
- Assign a coordinator and register your workplace/business at http://commuterchallenge.ca
- Throughout the week encourage your employees to take an alternative mode of transportation at least one day (the more often the better!). You can organize events and other activities to encourage employees to participate; it’s completely up to you how you organize the Challenge at your workplace.
- Coinciding with the Commuter Challenge is Clean Air Day on Wednesday, June 7. To celebrate this day, Red Deer Transit will be offering free transit all day, which will make it even easier for employees to participate in the Challenge!
- Have employees log their trips on the website (the workplace coordinator can also log bulk results if that’s easier).
- Track results and see the impact you’re making – last year almost 4,000 workplaces across Canada participated and more than 25,000 kilograms of CO2 was avoided during the challenge!
- You can still participate as an individual without being registered as part of a workplace or business. Just register as an individual and instead of selecting a workplace, select Individual/No Affiliation.
Here are a few tips for parking your vehicle and getting to work (or anywhere else!) by a different mode of transportation.
- Plan your route.
- Take transit. Learn the ins and outs and determine your route by using Google Maps to map your ride or for assistance please call, Transit at 403-342-8225.
- Combine transit and cycling by using the bike and ride system.
- Red Deer has an extensive trail system: plan a car-free route and walk or ride your bicycle.
- Find a carpool partner that is going to the same or a nearby destination.
What are the benefits of going car free?
The benefits of going car free are endless! Active and sustainable transportation enhances physical, mental, and emotional health.
- Active transportation, like walking or cycling, helps you get your recommended weekly exercise.
- You can save an average of 2.6 kg of greenhouse gas emissions per person by choosing to walk, cycle, take transit or carpool for one day.
- Enjoy comfort and convenience. Take the bus and read the paper, take a nap, or work on your laptop while someone else does the driving.
- Learn more about the benefits here: https://commuterchallenge.ca/benefits/.