ARE TORONTONIANS SMARTER COMMUTERS THAN THE REST OF CANADA? NATIONAL COMMUTER CHALLENGE EXPANDS TO THE GTA

Toronto – The Smart Commute Association invites Greater Toronto Area commuters to register for the 2005 Commuter Challenge, a national program in which participants are encouraged to try new ways of getting to work during the week of June 5th to 11th.

During the Commuter Challenge, participants choose different commuting methods such as taking transit, carpooling, walking, cycling or teleworking.  These choices help to reduce greenhouse emissions, relieve traffic congestion and are part of Canada’s One-Tonne Challenge.

“This friendly competition is a great opportunity to leave your car at home and have fun getting to work,” said Don Houston, Executive Director of Smart Commute Association. “In the end, we can all take pride in the fact that we’re also making a difference.” 

Participants may register online by going to www.smartcommute.ca and clicking on the Commuter Challenge logo.  Challengers can sign up their companies, departments and organizations, or register as individuals.  Once registered, participants log their results online for the week of June 5th to 11th.  At the end of the Challenge, results will be tallied and outstanding challengers will be recognized.

In 2004, over 60,000 participants took part in the Commuter Challenge across Canada, in cities such as Vancouver, Calgary, Hamilton and Ottawa.  The Smart Commute Association is coordinating the Commuter Challenge in the Greater Toronto Area.

The Smart Commute Association (www.smartcommute.ca) provides and encourages the use of commuter options in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton. The Association works with a network of local Smart Commutes to provide direct services for employers and their employees. Currently there are Smart Commutes located at North Toronto,Vaughan and Markham, and Richmond Hill. Services will soon be available in Mississauga, Durham, Newmarket-Aurora and other areas across the region.

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More information:

Don Houston
Executive Director
416-338-5079
don@smartcommute.ca
Sarah Twomey
Outreach and Communications Coordinator
416-338-5088
sarah@smartcommute.ca

About Smart Commute
Commuter benefits program for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

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