Let’s get moving together! If you’re looking for 2017 Commuter Challenge inspiration, take a look at the 2016 results info-graphic here. Spoiler alert: Winnipeg was a winner! Let’s have fun and defend our winning title again this year!
Register or Login here: CommuterChallenge.ca
What is Commuter Challenge?
Every year in June, over 20,000 Canadians participate in greener commuting options during the week-long event. These friendly competitions encourage individuals and workplaces to explore green transportation options to and from work for personal, environmental, and community health. You can register as an individual or together with your workplace colleagues. Green commutes include cycling, walking, taking the bus, carpooling, telecommuting or anything else that gets you to work other than driving solo in your car. For more commuter #inspo read a few local commuter stories here.
Commuter Challenge at your workplace
(Click Here to Register your Workplace)
Green Action Centre is here to help you bring the Commuter Challenge to your workplace. Each year, hundreds of people register their workplace and act as their workplace coordinator. Check out our Coordinators Corner to access tools, materials and workplace coordinator training tools you need to increase your workplace participation.
How Does Commuter Challenge Work?
Each individual who participates needs to register and then log into the tracking website to enter their green commutes (in Kilometres) during the week of June 4-10, 2017. Click here to register as an employee and/or individual. If your workplace is not listed, this either means your workplace coordinator has not yet registered or that no has yet stepped up to get your workplace engaged! Consider becoming your workplace coordinator this year and get more people moving with you!
There are at least four great reasons to participate in Commuter Challenge: Environmental, Financial, Health … and Prizes!
- Environment: It’s Great for the Planet
Here are the facts: Commuting by car is the largest single source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Manitoba. GHG emissions are the leading cause of climate change and air pollution. These pollutants are a source of further problems for people with respiratory ailments. Reducing the use of motor vehicles for transportation also reduces the need for new roadways and parking lots.
- Financial: Save Yourself Some Money
According to the CAA, the average cost to own and operate a vehicle can range from $8,500-$11,500 or higher each year based on the typical 18,000 km driven. Compare this to the cost of a monthly bus pass year-round ($900) or better yet, save all your money by using your bike to get around! There are also bigger financial benefits related to health care costs and reducing the need for your community to continue expanding roads.
- Health: Active Commuting is Active Living
Today more and more people are becoming increasingly sedentary in their lifestyle. A recent Manitoba in motion study found that less than half of all Manitobans get enough physical activity. Using active and sustainable transportation – like walking, cycling and riding the bus – allows people to incorporate at least some physical activity into their everyday commute. It’s also a great stress reliever!
- Prizes: Get Ready to Win!
Convinced? Ready to green commute? Why not get rewarded for it
IT’S THAT EASY!