It’s that time of year again: dust off the old bike, lace up those walking shoes, or download all of S Town for bus binge listening. Every year, 20,000 people across Canada take on the Commuter Challenge and walk, run, cycle, bus, carpool, and telecommute to reduce their carbon footprint for one week in June.
The Commuter Challenge is also a friendly competition, and it is a point of pride that Red River College has won GOLD in our workplace category for the last two years – let’s make it three!
Here’s how you can get involved:
- Register here
- Use sustainable transportation to get to and/or from work at least one day during the week of June 4-10
- Participate in one of our events throughout the week
- Log your daily commute
- Be entered to win great prizes!
Early Bird Prize: RRC employees who register for the Commuter Challenge by May 31 will be entered to win a prize.
RRC Commuter Challenge Events
The Sustainability Office wants to help you take on this challenge and keep you motivated to succeed. Here are some we’re doing that:
Bike Repair Workshops
End of trip bike repair stations are popping up at many locations to help cyclists make minor repairs to get you home again (you may even find two of them at RRC soon). But what are all those tools for and how do you use them? Come find out at one of our bike repair workshops.
Wednesday, May 31 | 12-1PM | EDC & NDC
(exact locations to be determined)
**The NDC workshop is currently full, but we are working on planning a second workshop. You can still register for the waitlist and/or to hear about future workshops.**
Commuter Welcome Stations
We will be welcoming our sustainable commuters to work in the morning with free treats and infused water to help you start your day. Stations will be set up to help you register for the Commuter Challenge and log your commute.
Monday, June 4 | NDC Bus Loop | 7:30–9AM
Tuesday, June 5 | Roblin Atrium | 7:30-9AM
Custom Bike Raffle
Upgrade your bike or get a new custom bike. We will be selling raffle tickets to win a custom bike from Natural Cycle throughout Commuter Challenge.
Tickets are 1 for $2, or 3 for $5 and can be purchased at any of the above events, or at the Sustainability Office (NDC, C519).
Tickets will be on sale Monday, May 29 until noon Friday, June 23.The winning ticket will be announced in All Staff News the week of June 26, 2017.
Please note: the value of the prize will depend on the number of tickets purchased.
Sustainable Transportation Resources
Red River College offers a 60% subsidized monthly bus pass for staff at the Notre Dame and Exchange District Campuses. Find out more here.
Free Weekday Bus Pass for 5 Downtown Commuters
Green Action Centre & The Downtown Biz are teaming up during Commuter Challenge on the #Busisbetter campaign to get even more people taking public transit during the week. They are offering five weekday transit passes for RRC employees who work at one of the downtown campuses and who normally drive to work.
All you need to do is register for the Commuter Challenge, agree to take the bus for that week, and complete a survey about your transit experience. The first five eligible people who contact Whitney Crooks will receive a free transit pass!
Bike racks are located around campus for your convenience. Downtown staff can park their bikes with peace of mind in our secure bike lock up inside the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute. Register for the bike program in the Campus Living Office (Room 106, Massey Building) between 8:30 – 4:30.
Winnipeg Bike Map (or come by the Sustainability Office to pick up a copy)