Active commuters have helped Kingston win the Commuter Challenge in its first official year of participation. Kingston was tops in the national competition’s category for cities with populations of 100,000 to 250,000. That put us in contention with cities such as second place Richmond, British Columbia, third place Burnaby, British Columbia and last year’s winner Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
“This puts us on the map as a city whose residents enjoy and value the health and environmental benefits of active commuting. This proves our residents are serious about leading sustainable lifestyles,” says Paul MacLatchy, Director of Environment and Sustainable Initiatives. The 2012 Commuter Challenge results were announced by organizers this morning.
The inaugural Active Commute to Work Week, June 4 to 8, hosted by the Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation (KCAT), helped promote the Commuter Challenge which encouraged individuals and organizations to track their progress during the week at www.commuterchallenge.ca.
The website calculated the efforts of Kingston’s active commuters and quantified their impact on greenhouse gas emissions and savings on fuel costs. It showed participating Kingstonians who left the car at home logged over 29,000 kilometers, saved 4,430 kilograms in greenhouse gas emissions and 1,740 litres of fuel.
“I am pleased to have participated personally in Active Commute to Work Week along with hundreds of KFL&A Public Health and other employees who work in Kingston. Among its many benefits, the Commuter Challenge also clearly demonstrated the importance of active transportation as an important and efficient means of achieving Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines,” says Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ian Gemmill. “I encourage all Kingstonians to consider using active transportation year round to – or part way to – work and other places.”
Active Commute to Work Week also coincided with Canadian Environment Week (June 3 to 9), Clean Air Day (June 6), and Cycling Week in Kingston (June 3 to 9).
KCAT is comprised of representatives from the City of Kingston, KFL&A Public Health, Queen’s University and other members of the community.
Release source: City of Kingston | Photo: Wikimedia Commons