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‘Active transportation can work in north’: Commuters challenged to leave car at home

'Active transportation can work in north': Commuters challenged to leave car at home

Individuals or businesses can participate in the Commuter Challenge this week by leaving their vehicles at home and finding ways to get to and from…

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Individuals or businesses can participate in the Commuter Challenge this week by leaving their vehicles at home and finding ways to get to and from work, to help reduce carbon emissions. (IStock) Several communities in northeastern Ontario are participating in the Commuter Challenge .

That’s a nationwide event where participants leave their cars at home and find alternate ways to get to and from work. They then log those kilometres from their commute toward their community’s overall total.

Transportation could include walking, cycling, taking transit, carpooling and even telecommuting.

The event, which begins today and ends June 11, is all about reducing one’s carbon footprint. Fewer vehicles on the road will mean less carbon emissions in the air.

"When you put in the kilometres that you’ve saved by either cycling, or transit or whatever it calculates that carbon that you’ve saved as a result of leaving your car at home that day," said Rod Bilz, co-ordinator for North Bay Commuter Challenge.

"It’s actually pretty astounding how much carbon you can actually save by just putting your vehicle away for part of the time to commute to work."

Those who’ve been working from home over the past few years can also participate."You can track the miles that you would have traveled to where your office is or was before the pandemic, and track the amount of carbon that you’re saving just by not going to the office," said David St. Georges, director of communications at ReThink Green in Sudbury."We’ve known for a long time that remote […]

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