Let's 'wow' them again, Kingston: Participate in a special edition of Commuter Challenge!

May 25, 2021

In 2019, the City of Kingston made national headlines by becoming the Commuter Challenge champion. This May 30 – June 5, let’s come back stronger than ever.

“Thanks to the awesome support of residents, our community had the highest percentage of Commuter Challenge participants in Canada, and the second-highest number of participants in the entire country,” says Tess Wittmann, Community Engagement Specialist at Sustainable Kingston. 

“This year, let’s wow Canada again,” she adds. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Commuter Challenge will be a little different, here in Kingston. This Commuter Challenge, participants are encouraged to log their recreational runs, rides, strolls and rolls.

“Over the course of the pandemic, we have seen how important exercise and time outdoors is to our physical and mental wellbeing, but it’s also a great extra-curricular for our environment. Activities like walking and biking are carbon neutral and an opportunity to build a deeper connection with our natural areas—making us more likely to ensure they’re well looked after,” says Wittmann.

How to participate

  1. Sign up your class, household, workplace or friends at www.commuterchallenge.ca.
  2. Let others know you have registered on social media, using tags #CommuterChallenge #YGK
  3. From May 30 – June 5, log your kilometres at www.commuterchallenge.ca.
  4. Participants are advised to follow all public health measures. This includes maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres from people outside your household, unless you meet one of the exemptions. If you cannot maintain physical distance, wear a face covering. For a list of all Public Health measures to follow, consult KFL&A Public Health.

“Together, let’s safely celebrate active transportation and make a difference for our environment,” concludes Wittmann.