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Commuter Challenge (June 4 – 10)

June 4, 2017 — June 10, 2017

Audience:Anyone, Staff and Faculty
Key Contact:Samantha Munro
Contact Phone:Ext. 2042

Commuter Challenge

Commuter Challenge logoThe Commuter Challenge:

  • runs from June 4 – 10, 2017
  • is a friendly competition between Canadian cities and workplaces
  • encourages Canadians to leave their cars at home
  • rewards walking, cycling, carpooling/ride-sharing, taking transit and telecommuting
  • celebrates active and sustainable transportation
  • is locally hosted by City Coordinators who support workplaces

How to Participate

To participate in the Commuter Challenge, you:

  • Register as an individual on the Commuter Challenge website, and indicate Carleton University as your workplace
  • Walk, cycle, carpool, or take public transportation during the event week
  • Log your daily commutes

Benefits of Active and Sustainable Transportation

Courtesy of Commuter Challenge

By taking the Commuter Challenge, Canadians are showing their support for active and sustainable commuting. Why are they doing it? Some do it for their health, others participate because of the many issues around climate change.

Health and Personal Benefits
Active and sustainable transportation enhances physical, mental, and emotional health. These facets of our lives are interconnected and significantly affect our well-being.

  • Daily physical activity SCPE CSEP (the old standard in exercise science and personal training) recommend at adults (aged between 18-64 years) 150 minutes of physical Activity each week to achieve health benefits. More daily physical activity provides greater health benefits.
  • Reduce the air pollutants that negatively affect lung and heart health. Vehicle emissions increase the chance of asthma attacks and respiratory infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis, particularly among the elderly, the very young and those with existing respiratory disease.
  • Enhance the quality of your relationship with the community and environment.Smell the roses, hit the local coffee shop, or chat with neighbours on the way to and from work.
  • Save time. If you live within 10 km of your workplace, cycling is the quickest way to get from door to door (City of Richmond, BC, 2001).
  • Enjoy comfort and convenience. Take the bus and read the paper, take a nap, or work on your laptop while someone else does the driving

Economic Benefits

  • Save tons of money! Driving 18,000 km per year costs an average of $8,441.25 per year or 46.9 cents per kilometre (Canadian Automobile Association 2011 national average for a Cobalt LT).
  • Reduce health care costs for Canadians. It is estimated that transportation-related emissions will cost the health care system $11 billion to $38 billion between 1997 and 2020 (Transportation Association of Canada, 1998).
  • Save tax dollars. Reduce roadway construction and maintenance costs.

Community Benefits
Active and sustainable transportation makes your community safer by reducing the risk of vehicle-pedestrian accidents.

  • Increase social interaction within the community, resulting in much improved personal relationships and community health.
  • Support community-based businesses, such as local shops, restaurants, bakeries and newsstands.
  • Decrease traffic noise. Engines and horns, or sprockets and bells? You decide!
  • Reduce traffic jams and parking hassles.

Environmental Benefits
Active and sustainable transportation keeps our air clean by improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Reduce toxic air pollution. Pollutants from many transportation sources aggravate respiratory disease, and contribute to property damage and acid rain.
  • Reduce the threat of climate change. Did you know that it takes 130 trees to produce the amount of oxygen needed 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, allowing more land for green space.
  • Driving less reduces the need for non-renewable fossil fuel resources.
  • Reduce ozone layer destruction. Did you know that motor vehicle air conditioners are the world’s single largest source of CFC leakage into the atmosphere? (Zielinski, 1995).

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