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Posted June 5, 2012

Environment and Lifes Choices

Take the 2012 Commuter Challenge!

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo is once again hosting the local Commuter Challenge to encourage people across the region to walk, cycle, take transit, or carpool to work or school for the week of June 3 to 9.

It’s YOUR move, this year’s theme, aims to encourage people to make a personal decision to try commuting sustainably because it’s convenient and makes sense for them. The Region is using the personal stories of commuters across the community to show the personal benefits of walking, cycling, taking transit or carpooling to work.

For example, Christina Koenig from YMCA Immigrant Services says, “I choose to walk to work every day for many reasons. For one it is great exercise and helps me to feel balanced. I can always say I walked even if I can't always say that I made it to yoga class or the gym. It is nice to spend some time outdoors and have some time to myself before I begin my day. Walking is so valuable when I have a busy day ahead. It helps me think clearly and handle the unexpected with a calm and confident feeling.” Other stories like Christina’s are available at

As in the past, the Region and its partners will host a number of exciting events to help highlight the Commuter Challenge:

· Monday: The Region in partnership with City of Kitchener and Sustainable Waterloo Region will host a kick-off event with a presentation by international cycling expert Hans Moor. The Region will also be looking for input on its Active Transportation Master Plan: Walk Cycle Waterloo Region, as well as the key walking and cycling routes to the King/Victoria Transit Hub. Visit for information.

· Tuesday: Grand River Transit will once again hold 2-for-1 Transit Tuesday. Pay for one full fare and your friend, co-worker or family member can ride for free. Check out for details.

· Wednesday: Rob Horne, Commissioner of Planning, Housing and Community Services at the Region will be challenging Regional staff to participate in the Commuter Challenge by hosting the ‘Corridor Chase.' Rob will be using different sustainable modes to travel along the Central Transit Corridor (CTC) and some of the Major Station Areas planned for the Rapid Transit line.

· Thursday: The City of Kitchener is hosting its third annual Great Commuter Race. The City is challenging members of Kitchener City Council, local celebrities, City staff, as well members of Kitchener's Cycling Advisory Committee to a six-kilometre race from Fairview Park Mall to Kitchener City Hall. Three transportation modes will be promoted: Carpooling in a Toyota Prius, cycling and GRT's iXpress.

· #BCounted: From Monday to Friday, the Region, the City of Waterloo and Miovision Technologies Inc. are teaming up to count pedestrians and cyclists using the Iron Horse Trail. A local artist will track numbers with a large spray chalk graph drawn directly on the trail.

Participants in the Challenge are encouraged to track their trips by signing up at For more information on the local campaign, check out

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