Commuter Challenge 2021 takes place from Sunday, May 30 until June 5 and the City is encouraging residents to register now to participate.
Kingston won the Challenge in 2019, garnering national headlines and winning a bet with Thunder Bay’s Mayor Bill Mauro that paid off with him raising the City of Kingston flag outside his own city hall while wearing a Kingston t-shirt.
“Thanks to the awesome support of residents, our community had the highest percentage of Commuter Challenge participants in Canada, and the second-highest number of participants in the entire country,” said Tess Wittmann, Community Engagement Specialist at Sustainable Kingston, adding “This year, let’s wow Canada again.”
Commuter Challenge will be a little different, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with participants being encouraged to log their recreational runs, rides, strolls and rolls.
“Over the course of the pandemic, we have seen how important exercise and time outdoors is to our physical and mental wellbeing, but it’s also a great extra-curricular for our environment,” said Wittmann. “Activities like walking and biking are carbon neutral and an opportunity to build a deeper connection with our natural areas—making us more likely to ensure they’re well looked after.”
How to participate
- Sign up your class, household, workplace or friends at commuterchallenge.ca.
- Let others know you have registered on social media, using tags #CommuterChallenge #YGK
- From May 30 – June 5, log your kilometres at commuterchallenge.ca.
- Participants are advised to follow all public health measures. This includes maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres from people outside your household, unless you meet one of the exemptions. If you cannot maintain physical distance, wear a face covering. For a list of all Public Health measures to follow, consult KFL&A Public Health.