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Wheels in motion for Commuter Challenge in Sudbury

By: Arron Pickard - Sudbury Northern Life

 | May 28, 2014 - 2:01 PM |
Samantha Baulch, of the Rainbow Routes Association, is gearing up for the week-long Commuter Challenge, happening June 1-7 in Sudbury. She is challenging Sudburians to leave their cars at home and to travel by walking, biking, carpooling or transit. Last year, Sudbury ranked No. 5 for number of participants in Ontario, with Science North claiming the local title. Visit communterchallenge.ca for more information. Photo by Arron Pickard.

Samantha Baulch, of the Rainbow Routes Association, is gearing up for the week-long Commuter Challenge, happening June 1-7 in Sudbury. She is challenging Sudburians to leave their cars at home and to travel by walking, biking, carpooling or transit. Last year, Sudbury ranked No. 5 for number of participants in Ontario, with Science North claiming the local title. Visit communterchallenge.ca for more information. Photo by Arron Pickard.

Rainbow Routes Association is setting the wheels in motion to maintain its top five ranking in the Commuter Challenge.

The Commuter Challenge is a week-long event held across Canada, where participants trade in their cars for more environmentally-friendly modes of transportation such as walking, cycling, carpooling, telecommuting or using transit, said Samantha Baulch, of Rainbow Routes Association.

The challenge runs June 1-7. Last year, Greater Sudbury ranked No. 5 for number of participants in Ontario, and No. 2 among smaller cities, said Baulch.

Science North claimed bragging rights with the most participation in Sudbury, but there are many businesses and organizations gunning for that right this year, she said.

Interested businesses and organizations can register at www.commuterchallenge.ca, where they can also track their participation.

In additions, there are a number of events happening throughout the city to support sustainable mobility.

The itinerary is as follows:

Saturday, May 31
Children’s Bike Exchange with Sudbury Cycles, Tom Davies Square, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunday, June 1
Bike/Velo Fest at Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, BioSki Cottage, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Monday, June 2
Sudbury Women’s Group Bike Ride, BioSki Cottage, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 4
Ride Greater Sudbury Transit for FREE using downloadable bus tickets available from www.greatersudbury.ca/earthcare; Greater Sudbury Police Services Bike Auction bidding begins

Thursday, June 5
Share the Road Ride with Olympian Devon Kershaw at Science North, 5 p.m.

Saturday, June 7
Rainbow Routes Hike Club: 10 km Lake Laurentian Loop, BioSki Cottage, 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

For more information about these events, visit www.rainbowroutes.com/index.php/sustainable-mobility/commuter-challenge.
Arron Pickard

Arron Pickard

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