During Canadian Environment Week, June 5 to 11, the City of Cornwall, Transition Cornwall+ and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit are encouraging residents to leave their cars at home and take advantage of alternate modes of transportation as part of the Active Transportation Challenge!
Part of the national Commuter Challenge initiative, the Active Transportation Challenge rewards participants for using active and alternate modes of transportation for work or leisure purposes. These include:
Registering for the Active Transportation Challenge only takes a few moments - and you can win some great prizes for taking part (see below)!
Visit the Commuter Challenge website and follow the links in the bottom right corner to register as an individual or as an employee through your workplace. If your workplace hasn't already registered, you can register your workplace first and then recruit co-workers to join you in the challenge!
Remember - your participation in the Active Transportation Challenge doesn't have to only be work-related! A night-time outing with friends, a weekend get together with family - it all counts for the Active Transportation Challenge!
By participating in the Active Transportation Challenge you will have a chance to win some great prizes!
Stay tuned for prize details!!
Residents and members of the media are invited to join us for the Active Transportation Challenge kick-off on Friday, June 3rd at 12:15 pm on the front terrace of the Cornwall Public Library. Attendees can find out more about the Challenge and the prizes that will be available!
The Cornwall Community Police Bike Patrol Unit is offering a road safety course at St-Lawrence College on Saturday, June 4th from 10am to 1pm. This event is recommended for children between the ages of 6 and 11 but all are welcome. Registration forms can be picked up at 340 Pitt Street.
Cornwall Transit will be making it easy for residents to participate in the Active Transportation Challenge.
Cornwall Transit will be offering free rides all day long on Wednesday, June 8th as part of its annual Clean Air Day promotion. Residents will be able to ride the bus for free all day long, and the trips can count towards participation in the Commuter Challenge!
As part of the Active Transportation Challenge the Cornwall Outdoor Club de Plein Air (www.cornwalloutdoorclub.ca) is hosting a fun cycling event for the community. Participants will cycle to and from Lamoureux Park to Archie's Golf Course along the City of Cornwall's beautiful recreation path. Decorate your ride!
Arrive early to sign in. Wear reflective clothing, and bring lights for the ride back in the dark. The group will be leaving from the Bandshell at 8 pm.
Help us spread the word about this great event by joining our Facebook page!
Commuter Challenge Grand Prize winners
Two grand prize winners, Lori Loseth (left) and Matthew LeDrew (right) were selected for having completed the most trips on a bicycle. They were each awarded a new commuter bicycle courtesy of Bicycle World and Total Cyclery and Sport!
The 2014 Active Transportation Challenge - held from June 1 to 7 - was a tremendous success!
A total of 15 workplaces registered for the Challenge and 101 employees registered to participate. An additional 42 individual participants also registered for the challenge for a total of 142 participants.
Overall, the City of Cornwall finished in second place (behind North Vancouver) for communities of our size!
In total, the Cornwall participants logged over 630 active/sustainable commutes, burned upwards of 131,000 calories, saved over 750 litres of fuel and avoided over 1,800 Kilograms of CO2!
A big thank you to everyone who took part!
By taking part in the Commuter Challenge, Canadians are showing their support for active and sustainable commuting. There are numerous benefits to doing so, including:
Active and sustainable transportation enhances physical, mental, and emotional health. These facets of our lives are interconnected and significantly affect our well-being.
Commuting can result in personal savings on transportation costs as well as reduced health care costs.
Active and sustainable transportation makes your community safer by reducing the risk of vehicle-pedestrian accidents. It can lead to increased social interaction within the community, increased support for community-based businesses, decreased traffic noise and less parking hassles.
Active and sustainable transportation keeps our air clean by improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Active and sustainable modes of transportation enhance employee productivity, health and job satisfaction.