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Getting around Calgary: Commuter Challenge

The Calgary Commuter Challenge is a week-long competition between local schools, post-secondary institutions and workplaces to promote healthy commuting and improve the overall health of our communities.

Commuter Challenge helps to:

  • Promote healthy transportation choices that sustain personal health, social vitality and vibrant communities.
  • Improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases by reducing the number of single occupant vehicle trips.
  • Provide a friendly competition and encourage Calgarians to leave their cars at home
  • Celebrate active and sustainable transportation

During the week, participating individuals record how they made their daily commute. Pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, carpoolers and teleworkers are recorded as healthy commuters and a daily participation rate is calculated.

At week's end, the school, post-secondary institution or workplace with the highest participation rate in each category is declared a winner.

The Commuter Challenge is a fun opportunity for participating organizations to demonstrate their commitment towards the health of their employees and the health of the environment.

To register your school or workplace, visit the Canadian Commuter Challenge website.

Commuter Challenge benefits

Personal benefits

Healthy transportation choices enhance physical, mental and emotional health.

  • Enhance the quality of your relationships with the community and environment.
  • Save money. Driving to and from work each day can cost up to $9,000 every year.
  • Save time. If you live less than 10 km from your workplace, cycling is the quickest way to get from door to door.
  • Encourage a healthier lifestyle.
  • Tax credit for monthly transit pass purchases.

Community benefits

By reducing the risk of vehicle-pedestrian accidents, sustainable transportation makes your community safer, especially for children, youth and seniors.

  • Increase social interaction within the community resulting in better personal relationships and better community health.
  • Support community-based businesses such as coffee shops, restaurants, bakeries and newsstands.
  • Save tax dollars. Reduce road construction and maintenance and public health care costs.
  • Reduce traffic noise and enjoy a quieter, safer community.

Environmental benefits

Healthy transportation choices help keep our air clean and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Reduce air pollution. It takes 130 trees to produce enough oxygen to combat the carbon dioxide emitted from one car each year.
  • Conserve natural habitat. Fewer cars on the road decrease the demand for more roads and parking lots.
  • Reduce ozone layer depletion.
  • Conserve non-renewable fossil fuels.

Employer benefits

Healthy transportation choices enhance employee productivity and job satisfaction.

  • Reduce costs. Healthier commuters make fewer demands for subsidized parking and fitness programs.
  • Increase productivity. Employees are typically 20 to 40 per cent more productive when teleworking.
  • Reduce workplace accidents. Healthier commuters are more alert and take fewer sick days.
  • Employers who promote and facilitate the well being of employees, communities and the environment enjoy greater loyalty and respect from employees and customers alike.

Commuter Challenge participation

How you can participate in the Commuter Challenge

  • Register your workplace, school or post-secondary institution on the Canadian Commuter Challenge website.
  • Promote the Commuter Challenge event before and during National Environment Week.
  • Encourage participating individuals to register their healthy commute on the Commuter Challenge website.

Commuter Challenge rules

Each day that a person commutes in an environmentally friendly manner counts as participation and should be recorded. You qualify as a healthy commuter if you were not behind the wheel of a vehicle during your commute. Other healthy commuters include:

  • Teleworkers
  • Walkers
  • Runners
  • Cyclists
  • Rollerbladers
  • Public Transit riders
  • Park and Ride users
  • Carpool drivers and riders*

* Individuals of legal driving age can record their trip. Two on a motorcycle can be recorded as a carpool.

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