Try out active transportation during the 2024 Commuter Challenge

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The Commuter Challenge takes place next week, and the City of Kingston, Sustainable Kingston, and community partners invite you to try out active transportation and walk, run, roll, or ride to work.

According to a release from the City, the Commuter Challenge is an annual, national campaign designed to encourage individuals and organizations to rethink their commute and ‘test drive’ sustainable transportation for one week. This year, the campaign runs from June 2 to 8, coinciding with the end of Cycling Week which begins on May 31.

“The Commuter Challenge is the perfect reason to try out active transportation! There are many alternative ways to get around the city, including travelling by foot, bike, or bus,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson. “Choosing to leave your car at home will reduce carbon emissions and have a positive impact on the environment, and it’s also a great opportunity to get outside and connect with your community.”

The City shared the following details on how to participate:

  • Visit CommuterChallenge.ca
  • Create an account and search for your workplace, or sign up as an individual. 
  • Between June 2 and 8, leave your vehicle parked at home and walk, run, roll or ride to your destination. Working from home counts, too! 
  • Sign in to your Commuter Challenge account and log your active kilometres throughout the week.
  • Have fun! 

“Active transportation is a powerful form of climate action. Join your neighbours, friends and coworkers and discover a new way of getting around,” said Geoff Hendry, Chief Operating Officer of Sustainable Kingston. “We invite everyone to try out our Alternative Transportation Calculator, created by Sustainable Queen’s, to see exactly how much money, time and emissions you can save by leaving your car at home.”  

In the release, the City detailed the following cycle events taking place across the City: 

  • Bike Tune Up: Get your bike ready to go at 559 Bagot Street on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., courtesy of Gear Up! 
  • Roll-in breakfast: Pedal on over to a Roll-in Breakfast taking place across the City: 
    • Monday, June 3 at St. Lawrence College (7:30 to 9:30 a.m.) 
    • Tuesday, June 4 at Queen’s University (7:30 to 9:30 a.m.) 
    • Thursday, June 6 at Kingston Frontenac Public Library Pittsburgh Branch (7:30 to 9 a.m.) 
    • Friday, June 7 at Springer Market Square (7:30 to 9:30 a.m.)

Find details on these events here.

The City said that the Commuter Challenge helps foster a healthier community by improving air quality, encouraging active and sustainable transportation, and reducing community greenhouse gas emissions. For more information about the challenge, visit CommuterChallenge.ca.

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