Celebrating Sustainable Commuting
It’s been a busy time for the city’s streets over the last few weeks, with the annual HUB Bike to Work Week (May 30 to June 5) followed by the Commuter Challenge (June 5 to 11), taking place right after. This year was record-breaking for the BTWW with over 11,600 participants registered, and thousands more people on bikes stopping at celebration stations set up across Metro Vancouver. The 75+ stations gave out free snacks, coffee, bike repairs and other goodies throughout the week. Team United Front Games consisted of six participants, and we managed to collectively burn 6,272 calories, save 45 Kg GHGs and place 56th out of 108th in Vancouver for businesses between 26 to 100 employees.
Since the Commuter Challenge incorporated multiple sustainable modes of travel to and from the office (bike, carpool, drive, roll, scooter, telecommuting, transit and walking), we had a bigger team consisting of 15 participants. It’ll be a couple of more weeks before they announce the prize winners, but collectively we were able to burn a total of 8,322.76 calories, avoid 94.03 kgs of CO2 and place 31st out of 126 workplaces in Vancouver based on the total kilometres travelled.
UFG has participated in both of these events for the last five years, and we were happy to do it again for 2016. Even though our teams this year weren’t huge in size, we were pleased to see that we could make a positive impact on the environment. There are many benefits to the community, environment and your health if you choose sustainable ways of commuting to work. Challenge yourself and try to do it year round!