Up to the challenge in SDG

April 20, 2016 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

SDGCornwall Transition+ is gearing up to host the 2016 Cornwall and Area Active Transportation Challenge with the hopes of getting people in the surrounding areas outside the city involved.

At an SD&G counties council meeting on Monday, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit health promotion specialist Chantal Lalonde asked for concil’s support for the event that takes place from June 5 to 11.

“The challenge is a one-week event using walking, cycling, carpooling or taking (public) transit.” We have even had people use roller blades or scooters. The sky is the limit basically.”

Lalonde said that the Active Transportation Challenge is a way to build awareness of what active transportation is and that it is important for the communities in the area. Organizers of the event are looking to build off of the success from the past two years.

“Since 2014, challenge participants have logged over 40,000 kilometres of active and sustainable commutes. They’ve saved 2,600 litres of fuel and have avoided over 5,600 kilograms of carbon dioxide,” she said. “That is just for the two one-week challenges in 2014 and 2015.”

Read Up to the challenge in SDG by Cam Kennedy in the Standard-Freeholder.

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Entry filed under: Active Transportation, Carbon_Emissions, Health/Wellness.

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