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City celebrates Environment Week with Commuter Challenge and free transit

June 1, 2017 10:35 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

The City of Red Deer, along with other workplaces in Red Deer, will be joining Canadians next week in the Commuter Challenge and leaving their vehicles at home in an effort to make our air cleaner.

The Commuter Challenge is a week-long event that takes place during Canadian Environment Week, June 4-10, 2017. It’s a friendly competition between Canadian cities and workplaces that encourages Canadians to leave their vehicles at home and walk, ride their bike, carpool or take transit to work.

“Improving our air quality is one of the seven focus areas of our Environmental Master Plan,” said Bailey Doepker, Environmental Program Specialist. “When we heard about the Commuter Challenge, we knew it would be a great way to encourage residents to reduce emissions and try different types of transportation, even for a day.”

Several local businesses and workplaces are participating in the challenge, but everyone in the community is encouraged to participate. To learn how to participate, click here: http://www.reddeer.ca/city-services/environment-and-conservation/your-community/commuter-challenge/

Coinciding with the Commuter Challenge is Clean Air Day on June 7, and Red Deer Transit will be offering free transit all day on all routes.

“If you’re not already participating in the Commuter Challenge, Clean Air Day is a great day to give the planet a breather and take a walk, hop on your bike or take advantage of free transit,” said Lauren Maris, Environmental Program Specialist. “The transportation sector, including single-occupant vehicles, is one of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions, but small changes, such as changing commuting behaviour one day a week, can make a difference.”

Anyone who takes transit on June 7 can enter a contest for a chance to win a $50 Recreation, Parks and Culture gift card or a transit pass for the month of July. To enter, just look for the poster on the bus.

For more information about Clean Air Day, visit http://www.reddeer.ca/city-services/environment-and-conservation/your-community/clean-air-day/

For more information, please contact:

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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