Single Occupant Vehicles, or SOV's (that's cars, not bikes!) are on the rise and that means more traffic and more pollution in our communities. Who needs it?
Don't be an SOV, take the Commuter Challenge! All you have to do is walk, cycle, inline skate, jog, take the bus, telework, or carpool to work or school during the week of June 5 - 9, 2000, then record your distances with the Commuter Challenge team.
Register as an individual, or as part of your workplace or school. Many groups are already registered, and you can check to see if your group is listed by visiting http://www.commuterchallenge.net.
If you don't have Internet access, give us a call at 788-3200. Groups who have already registered include Nortel Networks, the Region of Ottawa-Carleton, City of Ottawa, many federal government departments, high schools, and dozens more! Check out the listings on the web site to see if your group has signed up yet.
Calgary vs. the National Capital Region
The National Capital Region (NCR) won its challenge against Calgary last year with over 6,000 people joining the Commuter Challenge. Mayor Jim Watson, on behalf of the NCR, took Calgary's white Stetson cowboy hat as our prize, and it still retains a pride of place in his office. Calgary is pulling out all the stops this year to try and beat the NCR, so we'll need all of you to defend our title against the West!
Clean Air Day Canada
On June 7th, the 2nd Annual Clean Air Day Canada will be taking place all across the country! Clean Air Day Canada (CADC) was proclaimed by the Government of Canada in 1999 to increase public awareness and action on two key environmental priorities, clean air and climate change.
CADC 2000 continues its theme of “Community Action on Clean Air and Climate Change.” This year, Environment Canada, the Canadian Urban Transit Association and a number of other partners will deliver a national campaign on sustainable transportation. Look for the advertisements coming soon to OC Transpo buses and shelters in mid May.
The campaign will culminate on CADC with activities delivered by many local transit companies and their community partners, including the Commuter Challenge.