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2003 News Releases

Mayor encourages clean and green travel choices

WINNIPEG - May 16, 2003 - Mayor Glen Murray is challenging Winnipeg citizens to join him in taking a greener route on the way to work, school, or play.

The Winnipeg Commuter Challenge 2003 kicks off on May 16th at 9:00 a.m. at the Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall, in the foyer of 555 Main Street.

"When I'm not walking or riding my bike, you might see me out driving one of the city's new hydrogen fueled hybrid cars. There are so many environmentally sound options to get you where you're going in Winnipeg. Let's get moving under the sun and encourage one another to take some environmentally friendlier trips in the city," says Mayor Glen Murray.

The 4th Annual Winnipeg Commuter Challenge 2003, June 2-6, is an environmental health and wellness initiative in conjunction with Canadian Environment Week. The Commuter Challenge is a national sustainable transportation event where workplaces and schools from cities across Canada compete as green commuters, by choosing transportation alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles.

Last year's Challenge was a huge success, with individuals from 96 Winnipeg workplaces and schools celebrating Environment Week by choosing to walk, roll, cycle, ride the bus or carpool to work or school. In 2002, participants traveled over 500,000 green kilometres, avoiding a total of 75 tonnes of green house gas emissions over the one-week period.

If the total number of green kilometres were tallied over a one-year period for all green commuters in Winnipeg, the figures would show that sustainable transportation measures represent an important opportunity for the reduction of green house gas emissions.

Such measures, including sustainable public transportation and transportation demand management, are important facets of the City of Winnipeg's new Environmental Strategy.

Joining Mayor Murray will be Morley Calahan, Promotions & Contracts Supervisor with Winnipeg Transit, who will announce Transit special promotions for the Commuter Challenge 2003, including the Free Transit for A Year Contest.

The Winnipeg Commuter Challenge is organized by Resource Conservation Manitoba, a non-profit centre for applied sustainability, and its planning partners. An itinerary for the Kick-off event is attached, along with the list of Commuter Challenge 2003 Planning Partners and Sponsors.

With more than 100 workplaces and schools already registered, the Winnipeg Commuter Challenge 2003 promises to be bigger and better than ever!

Last update: 01.02.2004

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