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, which is June 2-8, 2019.
Here's how the Commuter Challenge works:
- Assign a coordinator and register your workplace/business on the Commuter Challenge website.
- Throughout the week encourage your employees to take an alternate 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.
- 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 1,700 workplaces across Canada participated and more than 250,000 kilograms of CO2 was avoided during the challenge!
- Register as an individual on the Commuter Challenge website.
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 using MyBus before taking transit. For assistance, you can 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.
Here's what we have for you during the Commuter Challenge
June 3: ED Talk by Gary Millard of Bike Calgary. He will be speaking on the use of bicycles to reduce GHG emissions
June 5: Clean Air Day events, activities, contests, and offers, including free transit for the day
June 7: Free, secure bicycle parking at City Hall (east lawn). 20 first come, first serve spots available.
June 8: Cycling Tours. Meet on the patio on the south side of the downtown library at 11 a.m. Bring your helmet and bike for a guided tour (hosted by Red Deer Association for Bicycle Commuting).
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 of active and sustainable transportation.