Thunder Bay Mayor Bill Mauro paid off a bet yesterday, raising the City of Kingston flag outside city hall while wearing a Kingston t-shirt, following a wager with our own mayor, Bryan Paterson, for this year’s Commuter Challenge.
Mayor Paterson initiated the bet back in May – a friendly wager to see which City could have the highest participation rate for a Canadian mid-sized city in 2019. Thunder Bay won top spot the previous year, breaking Kingston’s five year record as the number one city.
Following Kingston’s win, the City of Thunder Bay posted a photo of the flag raising yesterday, writing:
“Thank you to @cityofkingston’s Mayor Paterson for challenging us in the Commuter Challenge! Today we are flying Kingston’s flag as we fell short, but we look forward to challenging them next year! #TeamSleepingGiant”
Thank you to @cityofkingston's Mayor Paterson for challenging us in the Commuter Challenge! Today we are flying Kingston's flag as we fell short, but we look forward to challenging them next year! #TeamSleepingGiant pic.twitter.com/BHITz8mM8V
— City of Thunder Bay (@CityThunderBay) July 8, 2019
Commuter Challenge is an annual event held across Canada for a week at the beginning of June that invites residents to bike, walk, bus, roll, carpool or tele-commute to work instead of using their vehicle.
According to the CBC, more than 17,000 people participated across Canada this year, including 1,388 who signed up in Kingston and 1,107 in Thunder Bay, coming in second to Kingston in the mid-sized city category.