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 around that is not driving alone in your car.

Dates: June 4 – 10, 2017
Media Launch: TBA
Twitter accounts: Local: @greenactionctr | National: @commuterchllng
Official hashtags: #commuterchallengeMB #greenaction

Quick link to Register or Login: CommuterChallenge.ca

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.

Register yourself for the Commuter Challenge today!
Register as an employee for your workplace team or as an individual if you work alone/are taking on the challenge independently.

Registering as an employee with your workplace
Unless your workplace has said otherwise, you will need to register as an employee and select your workplace name from the drop down menu and be responsible for entering their green commutes (in Kilometres) during the week of June 4-10, 2017 using commuterchallenge.ca – Click here to register yourself as an employee.

If your workplace is not listed in the workplace drop down menu, this either means your coordinator has not yet registered your workplace or that no has yet stepped up to get your workplace signed up! Consider becoming your workplace coordinator if there isn’t one yet and get more people moving with you. Our local commuter challenge coordinator will be happy to help give you the tools you’ll need to pull off this fun event! Contact Challenge@greenactioncentre.ca with any questions.

Registering as an individual
Congrats on going solo!! You’ll be entered to win sweet prizes and be kept in the loop about events and information related to the challenge. Click here to register yourself as an individual.

Manitobans rise to the challenge every year!
Last year 7,364 Manitobans participated in the National challenge in over 30 cities and towns! Manitobans represent just shy of 40% of the total national numbers, an outstanding achievement! Winnipeg has won for highest amount of participation 12 out of the past 13 years of Commuter Challenge and several other towns in Manitoba have collected awards for their size categories!

Take a look at the 2016 results info-graphic here for a overview of the impact Manitobans made last year. Let’s have fun and defend our winning titles again this year! For more commuter #inspo you can also read up on a few local commuter stories here.

Why participate?

There are at least FOUR great reasons to participate in Commuter Challenge: Environmental, Financial, Health … and Prizes!
  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

  1. Prizes: Get Ready to Win!

Convinced? Ready to green commute? Why not get rewarded for it