Rethink your ride in 2016!
Are you up for the Commuter Challenge?
Workplaces and individuals across the country are being challenged to use alternatives to driving alone for at least one day of the Commuter Challenge week (June 5 - 11, 2016).
By walking, cycling, taking transit or ride sharing, you can reduce your impact on the environment and achieve the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week. This is the time to try something new or just get colleagues to join in on the fun!
The Commuter Challenge is a national friendly competition between workplaces, cities and provinces. To participate, you will need to register at commuterchallenge.ca. Create an account for your workplace and then get co-workers to setup personal accounts. You can also register as an individual/unaffiliated.
During the week, people track their distances travelled and help mark Thunder Bay on the map. The best teams will have a chance to win some great prizes and we'll have daily raffles during Commuter Challenge week.
Thunder Bay is an active and vibrant city and in 2015 our city ranked #2 in the country for communities in the 100,000 people range. We placed just after Kingston!
Commuter Challenge prep course
Monday May 30 & Tuesday May 31, 6-8 pm. Participants attend both dates. Lakehead University Regional Centre 1001. $20. Get ready for the Commuter Challenge! This course covers everything you need to know about cycling safely and legally in Thunder Bay, from doing a quick bike safety check to riding in traffic. Taught by professional cycling instructors, this course will build your confidence and help you hone existing skills. Register at Ecosuperior.eventbrite.ca or by calling 624-2140. Location is tentative. Visit the Safe Cycling website
Need a Reason to Participate?
- Win great prizes! Prizes will be awarded for highest percentage of participation in a workplace, most epic commute, most greenhouse gases avoided, and just for participating.
- Get your exercise! Accumulate the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week while you travel actively and reap the health benefits. Cyclist commuters take half as many sick days as car commuters.
- Be chauffeured! Take the bus and forget the stress of dealing with traffic or road rage while you read your book or relax.
- Overcome commuter zombification! A little change in the commuting routine will sharpen your senses and make you feel more energized.
- Fight the climate chaos! Transportation accounts for 35% of Thunder Bay’s greenhouse gas emissions.
- Save tones of money! Driving 18,000 km per year costs an average of $8,441 (2). And health care costs of transportation emissions will cost Canadians between $11 billion to $38 billion between 1997 and 2020 (3).
- Have fun and boost morale at work!
Make your Commute Safe & Easy
- Get one of our Safe Cycling instructors to offer a quick course so you can get confident riding your bike;
- Plan your bus journey using google maps transit option.
- Learn how to use NextLift and its Live Map to know exactly where the buses are and when the next one will be at your stop;
- Participate in the City's Bike Racks for Business program to get more bicycle parking.
- Setup an office carpooling web-site with tools such as LUSU's Ride Board or Kangaride.com
For more information contact City Coordinator Ashley Priem, 624-2142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Thunder Bay Commuter Challenge is funded by the City of Thunder Bay and delivered by EcoSuperior. We are also very grateful for the support of other partners!