Park the car for Commuter Challenge

Residents encouraged to find other way to work as part of Canadian Environment Week

Canadian Environment Week is coming so why not celebrate by parking the car, taking the bus or grabbing your bike.

City of Red Deer and other local workplaces are jumping on board the Commuter Challenge running June 4-10 in co-ordination with Environment Week.

The friendly competition between cities and workplaces encourages Canadians to leave their vehicles at home and find another way to get to work.

“Improving our air quality is one of the seven focus areas of our Environmental Master Plan,” says Bailey Doepker, the city’s Environmental Program Specialist.

“When we heard about the Commuter Challenge, we knew it would be a great way to encourage residents to reduce emissions and try different types of transportation, even for a day.”

Several local businesses and workplaces are participating, but everyone in the community is encouraged to participate. To participate go to: www.reddeer.ca/city-services/environment-and-conservation/your-community/commuter-challenge/

Coinciding with the Commuter Challenge is Clean Air Day on June 7. Red Deer Transit will be offering free transit all day on all routes.

“If you’re not already participating in the Commuter Challenge, Clean Air Day is a great day to give the planet a breather and take a walk, hop on your bike or take advantage of free transit,” says Lauren Maris, Environmental Program Specialist.

“The transportation sector, including single-occupant vehicles, is one of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions, but small changes, such as changing commuting behaviour one day a week, can make a difference.”

Anyone who takes transit on June 7 can enter a contest for a chance to win a $50 Recreation, Parks and Culture gift card or a transit pass for the month of July. To enter, just look for the poster on the bus.

For more information about Clean Air Day, go to: www.reddeer.ca/city-services/environment-and-conservation/your-community/clean-air-day/

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