Kingston Commuter Challenge: June 1 – 7, 2014

 Employers both large and small (along with Kingston residents) are encouraged to participate in Kingston’s third annual “Commuter Challenge” hosted by KFL&A Public Health and the Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation (KCAT). Participants are encouraged to walk, cycle, take transit or use another form of active transportation during the event week and then track their progress on the Commuter Challenge website. The website will then show each person’s impact on emission reductions and fuel cost savings. Results will compare workplaces and cities against each other in a fun competition to see who wins! Registration is now open, sign up



We have two bikes to give away this year! One will be given to a workplace, and the other given to an individual.  To be eligible to win a bike, send us information on why you think you (or your workplace) should be the winner:  – entries will be accepted until June 7, 2014 at 4 p.m. Bike entry guidelines are attached to this email.



Kingston will be hosting local events during the Commuter Challenge week, some of which are mentioned below. Updates and new events will be available at


  • Sunday, June 1: Kingston Bicycle Festival: K-Rock Centre, times to be announced *
  • Sunday, June 1: Kingston BMX hosting National Finals *
  • Sunday June 1: 2nd Annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 2: Mayor Mark Gerretsen, and participating council members will use AT (walk, cycle or take transit) to commute to Market Square for an AT Breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 3: Queen’s Roll-in-Breakfast (Union and University), 7:30-9:30 a.m.*
  • Wednesday June 4: Kingston Velo Club’s Roll-in-Breakfast (Princess and Clergy), 7:30-9:30 a.m.*
  • Friday June 6: Cycle Kingston’s Roll-in-Breakfast (Market Square), 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.*
  • Thursday June 19 (beginning at 5:30 p.m.): Commuter Challenge Awards Ceremony and Prize Giveaway at KFL&A Public Health


*Cycling Week Event


As a part of this year’s Commuter Challenge, we are offering the following services:


Policy Development tools

Thinking about creating or updating an Active Transportation policy for your workplace?  There are many policies, programs and supports that contribute to AT-friendly workplaces, as well as challenges and barriers that make AT more difficult. Anne MacPhail of KFL&A Public Health would like to help your workplace develop an AT policy to make it easier for employees to walk, cycle, and use transit to and from work, and if applicable, for work. Anne will also be sharing local ‘best practices’ to inspire workplaces in our area to increase AT opportunities. Anne can be reached at or 613-549-1232, ext. 1117.



Cycle-Commuting Safety and Route Planning for YOUR Workplace.

Want to talk about road safety as a bicycle commuter?  Interested in help planning a route?  In anticipation of the Commuter Challenge, Cycle Kingston will come to your workplace and do a short presentation on safe cycle commuting, and help interested cycle commuters plan their route.  If your workplace is interested, you can contact Cycle Kingston at



Consider completing the Kingston Transportation Master Plan survey

From the City’s website: “The City is preparing to update its Kingston Transportation Master Plan (KTMP). The current update will reflect public input regarding transportation preferences – including walking, cycling, public transit and driving. Initially finalized in 2004, the KTMP guides the City’s transportation-related efforts, including the building of infrastructure to accommodate walking, public transit, cycling, driving and air travel. The KTMP was most recently updated in 2009 and has been augmented by these other guiding City documents: Cycling and Pathways Study; Kingston Airport Study; and Kingston Transit Redevelopment Plan.”

The City of Kingston is also inviting residents to complete their Rec & Leisure Customer Satisfaction Survey

From the City’s website: “Assist Recreation and Leisure Services staff to better understand how to improve areas of service in the future via the following survey (”

This survey also includes questions that pertain to active transportation, for example, traveling through City parks. Many parks are used as commuter routes and while some are conducive to walking and cycling year-round with wide, well-maintained asphalt paths that are easily accessible from adjacent streets, others are more difficult to access, and have well-trodden tracks with uneven surfaces and sometimes muddy conditions.

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