Commuter Challenge 2019 takes place in one month and the City is encouraging residents to register now to participate.
Mayor Bryan Paterson says the challenge is about both personal health as well as the health of our environment, adding: “More and more, residents are telling us that the environment is a priority. Council is acting on this, but during the week of June 2-8, everyone can get involved! You can walk, bike, bus, roll, and/or telecommute.”
If those aren’t viable options for you, other ways to reduce your environmental footprint may include carpooling and/or using one of the City’s Park &Ride locations, which can be found on the City’s Kingston Transit page.
The local planning committee hopes to increase participation this year so Kingston can retake the top spot in the province, having been bested by Thunder Bay for the #1 position last year.
Kristin Mullin, the executive director of Sustainable Kingston, a member of the planning committee, said people who already take steps to reduce their environmental footprint through sustainable commuting can still participate.
“The only way we can measure the difference we make when we’re working together is by tracking all of our efforts. So if you bus, cycle, rollerblade – whatever the case may be – on a regular basis, you should still register for this event,” said Mullin.
There is the added incentive that registering to participate and then logging your kilometres at CommuterChallenge.ca could win you one of five $100 Prepaid Visas.
The event’s planning committee includes representatives from Sustainable Kingston, Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College, KFL&A Public Health, Cycle Kingston, Kingston Transit, the City and Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation.