Commuter Challenge Launches Sunday

The Commuter Challenge officially starts this Sunday, June 3, and residents are encouraged to participate each day until June 9.

The Commuter Challenge is a national week-long event that encourages people to commute sustainably by getting to work any way besides driving alone in a car. This means cycling, walking, running, skating, taking transit, or carpooling are all acceptable. Participating is easy. People and workplaces register on www.commuterchallenge.ca and track their commutes for a chance to win great prizes, get active, and help the environment.

“We’re very excited to kick-off the Commuter Challenge for the fourth year in a row in Thunder Bay” says Ashley Priem, Office Manager with Eco Superior. “This event is so important for reducing green house gas emissions and encouraging more eco friendly commutes in Thunder Bay.”

The Commuter Challenge is a great way for Thunder Bay to experience first-hand the benefits of using active transportation to get to work and other places. Active commuting allows for an easy way to achieve the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week for prevention of illness, such as diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. It can also help to improve road congestion and improve the overall health of our city.

“It’s going to be an exciting week with workplaces competing against each other and people trying commuting options they may have not tried before,” says Adam Krupper, Thunder Bay’s Mobility Coordinator. “Even if you commute a lot or a little, people who register for the Commuter Challenge and log their commutes will have the chance to win gift cards to local outdoors stores, bike shops, and local restaurants, transit packages, and a 1 year-CAA membership. Workplaces that log the most km traveled and most CO2 avoided will also receive great prizes.”

To help you to participate in the Commuter Challenge, cyclists and walkers can join one our Ride Guides located at a variety of different locations throughout the city from June 4 to 8. The guides will lead you through a safe and fun ride to get to work. Check out this link for more information and to join a Ride Guide.

The commitment and dedication of local sponsors is key to the event’s success. Several new sponsors have joined the Challenge this year. Coordinators appreciate their commitment and the dedication of returning sponsors.

“We are very proud to have first-time sponsor CAA North and East, and new partners Community Spokes, Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, and SHIFT Young Professionals’ Network come on board,” says Rachel Shaffer, public health nurse.

“And we appreciate our returning partners and sponsors - Thunder Bay Transit, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center, Eco Superior, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and City of Thunder Bay Mobility.”

For a complete list of prizes and events, see www.ecosuperior.org/commuterchallenge.

For more information:

Health Unit Media Line 625-8800
1-888-294-6630, extension 8800

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