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Commuter Challenge Week (June 1st - 5th, 2009)

Sign up and log your commute information at www.commuterchallenge.ca

Want to try something new for a day? Or even a week?

Sign up for the Commuter Challenge!  Commuter Challenge is a national program that recognizes Canadians who walk, cycle, take transit, car-pool or tele-work instead of driving alone to work, school or running errands. This is Hamilton’s 10th Annual Commuter Challenge and our goal is to improve on our previous record participation of 2200 people!

Already an Eco-Commuter?

You can register on-line at www.commuterchallenge.ca just the same as those that are trying new ways of commuting. You should get recognized too!


Register and get a Special Commuter Challenge Wristband!


This year, people who register can obtain a Smart Commute - Hamilton Wristband from their workplace coordinator or directly from the Commuter Challenge Coordinator.  These help promote the Commuter Challenge, show your commitment to sustainable transportation, and allow you entry into the various events being planned for the week!  See the event listings below for more details.

Need help commuting?

Set up a carpool at www.carpoolzone.ca

Hamilton Car Share at www.hamiltoncarshare.ca

Check out HSR bus routes at hamilton.ca/hsr or at maps.google.ca/transit

Learn more about cycling and get cycling maps at www.hamilton.ca/cycling

Schedule of events

Monday, May 25, 2009
Bike to Work "GEAR UP" Event
Time: 7:00 am to 11:00 am
Location: Various sites in the city to Gore Park at 8:15 am

Get ready for the Commuter Challenge by biking to work to create awareness for the week of events that begins on June 1 to June 5, 2009. Cyclists are encourage to meet at various locations throughout the city and then bike to Gore Park where refreshments and Smart Commute Prizes will be provided.

Click here for event and route details [Bike to Work Day PDF].

Monday, June 1, 2009
“Make a Change” Monday

Kick off the first day of the Commuter Challenge by committing to making a change and set goals to use sustainable transportation for the whole week!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Transportation Fair and Smart Commute Expo
Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Location: Gore Park

Learn about sustainable living, commuting and green products with showcases from local Hamilton businesses and organizations. A sampling of healthy snacks will be available.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Walk to Work Day

Walk to work, log in your time on the commuter challenge website and potentially win a prize! If you walk to work today, email the Commuter Challenge Coordinating Team at smartcommute@hamilton.ca and you will be entered into a draw for fabulous walking-related prizes including step-counters, water bottles and t-shirts.

MASS WALK
Time: 12:00 pm (walk begins at 12:15)
Location: Gore Park

Join your fellow workmates downtown at Gore Park to walk 1.2 Km in order to raise awareness for the benefits of walking. At the end of your walk you will be greeted with refreshments, healthy snacks, interesting displays and new friends on the Jackson Square Rooftop!

Click here for event and route details [Walk to Work Day PDF]

Are you working somewhere else in the city? Organize a local mass walk of your own. Be sure the route is safe and has the approval of management!

Thursday, June 4, 2009
“Totally Transit” Thursday
Time: All Day
Location: Gore Park

Ride the HSR for Free by showing your Hamilton Smart Commute wristband!

Lunch-N-Learn
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Jackson Square Rooftop

Learn about Car-sharing and becoming an Eco-driver with commuting tips for the new age commuter.

Friday, June 5, 2009
Bike to Work "GEAR DOWN" Event
Time: 7:00 am to 11:00 am
Location: Various sites in the city to Gore Park at 8:15 am (see below for details)

Help celebrate a successful Commuter Challenge Week by biking to work! You will be able to log in this commute on the Commuter Challenge Website. Cyclists are encourage to meet at various locations throughout the city and then bike to Gore Park where refreshments and prizes will be provided.

Click here for event and route details [Bike to Work Day PDF].

June 1-5, 2009
GoodLife Fitness Commuter Challenge Workout Week


(http://www.familyfitnesscentres.com/)

Free Access to GoodLife Fitness - Jackson Square
Enter any GoodLife Fitness Facility during the week of the Commuter Challenge for free! Just show your Smart Commute - Hamilton Wristband at the front desk and ask to sign up for the week.


Help Promote the Challenge!

Wear your Wristband and get these cool benefits:

  • Free use of the Jackson Square Goodlife Fitness Facility during the week
  • Half price admission to the Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • 2 for 1 admission to the Football Hall of Fame
  • Free HSR transit on Thursday June 4, 2009

Add an Awareness Tag to your Email Signature!

Add this line to your email signature to help promote the event to your colleagues:

“I will be participating in Hamilton’s Commuter Challenge Event from June 1 to June 5. Sign-up today at www.commuterchallenge.ca and learn more about the week’s events at www.hamilton.ca/commuterchallenge. Together we can help reduce our community’s carbon footprint.”

Prizes to be Won include
As a participant you could win a great prize from one of the following sponsors:
  • 50 Family Passes: Art Gallery of Hamilton + 1/2 price on admission during the week by wearing your Smart Commute - Hamilton Wristband
  • Use of GoodLife Fitness (Jackson Square Only)
  • 3 – Large 3 topping Pizzas: Pizza Nova
  • 6 – Large 3 topping Pizzas: Pizza Pizza
  • Smart Commute - Hamilton Water Bottle

 

What Can I Do?
Click here for information on registration, events, and prizes. 


What Can Employers Do?

Click here for information on workplace registration, and benefits.


What Can Schools Do? 
Click here for information on registration, events, and prizes.

 Commuter Challenge Links

 Register your participation

Cycling information

Public Transit

 Official Commuter Challenge Promotional Materials

 

For more information, contact:

Peter Topalovic

Commuter Challenge Coordinator (Public Works Department-City of Hamilton)
Phone: 905-546-2424 x. 5129
Fax: 905-546-4435
E-mail: Peter.Topalovic@hamilton.ca