City, Transition Cornwall+ host Commuter Challenge

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From left are Linda Varga of Cornwall Transit and John Towndrow and Chantal Lalonde of Transition Cornwall +.

CORNWALL, Ontario - The City of Cornwall and Transition Cornwall + Active Transportation Action Group are joining together to host the national Commuter Challenge during Canadian Environment Week.

From June 1 to 7, residents are encouraged to leave their cars at home and take advantage of the environmental and health benefits of alternative modes of transportation all while competing against other cities across Canada.

“The Commuter Challenge gives us a chance to recognize and celebrate the great network of bike lanes, sidewalks and recreational paths that we have in Cornwall,” said Chantal Lalonde, Health Educator / Promoter with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and a founding member of the Transition Cornwall + Active Transportation Action Group.

The challenge rewards participants for using active and alternative modes of transportation like walking, cycling, rollerblading, carpooling or using public transit. Once registered, participants are asked to log each sustainable commute made during the week – be it for work or leisure purposes.

Participants who complete a minimum of three commutes during the week will be eligible to win some great prizes from Bicycle World, Total Cyclery & Sports and Cornwall Transit.

Cornwall Transit will be making it easy for residents to participate in the Commuter Challenge. The City-run transit service will be offering free rides all day on Wednesday, June 4th as part of its 7th 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.

“It’s a great chance for residents to try our affordable and reliable service first-hand, free of charge,” said Len Tapp, Transit Manager.

To date, nearly 1,000 workplaces and 3,000 individuals across Canada have registered to participate in the Commuter Challenge. For more info on the event or to participate, please visit www.Cornwall.ca or log on to www.commuterchallenge.ca and register yourself or your business and select ‘Cornwall’ as your participating city.

“We’re encouraging local businesses to get on board with the event and make it a fun activity within the workplace with internal competitions and prizes,” added Lalonde.

Organizations: Action Group, Eastern Ontario Health Unit, Active Transportation

Geographic location: Cornwall, Canada, Ontario

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