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Get moving, the National Commuter Challenge is back!

UToday HomeJune 3, 2013

By Amy Glassman

Carpoolers with three or more people in a vehicle can park at a reduced price at the University of Calgary.Carpoolers with three or more people in a vehicle can park at a reduced price at the University of Calgary. Photo by Riley BrandtDo you cycle, take transit, walk, carpool, telecommute, or use other means of sustainable transportation to get to campus, or are you interested in trying one of these sustainable options? If so, you are ready to represent the University of Calgary in the National Commuter Challenge from June 2 to 8!

The Commuter Challenge is a friendly competition between Canadian cities and workplaces that encourages and celebrates active and sustainable transportation.

To participate, visit www.commuterchallenge.ca/blog. First register as an individual, fill in the information requested, and then register as a University of Calgary student or staff/faculty member. Log at least one sustainable commute between June 2 and 8.

Those who register will be eligible to win one of five $50 gift certificates from the Bookstore provided by Parking and Transportation Services.

Remember that you do not have to change your commute to participate. That is, you do not have to switch to a more sustainable mode of transportation during Commuter Challenge to be eligible but are highly encouraged to. If you have always used a sustainable mode of transportation, use the tool to help the university track how many people are using each mode.

Aside from the chance to win prizes, choosing not to drive alone this summer has many other benefits.

“Obviously saving greenhouse gases,” says Susan Austen, director of Parking and Transportation Services, “There’s also saving money. In the pay lots at the U of C, guests who carpool with three or more people will only pay $4 instead of $6. It’s not only good for the environment; it’s good for your wallet too.”

Participants will see the benefits of sustainable commuting using the online tracking tool which measures emission reductions, calories burned, distance and fuel cost savings.

Need help making the switch from driving alone? Check out www.carpool.ca or pick up a friend in a Car2Go. If you want to revamp your bike for the challenge, visit The Bike Root, a student-run community bicycle shop, for free guidance on fixing your own bike. Full-time spring/summer students can access the UPass.

Last year 298 students, staff and faculty participated and burned 377,510 calories, saved 1,924 litres of fuel, avoided 4481 kg of CO2 emissions and travelled a total of 26,040 km. Help us do even better this year by spreading the word to your colleagues, classmates and peers.

For promotional materials and for more information on how you can get involved contact sustain@ucalgary.ca.

 

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