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First Commuter Challenge a big success for Saint John

29-Jun-2011

From ‘not on the map’ to third in the country for its category, Saint John traveled a long way in the 2011 Commuter Challenge.

Overall, 210 Saint Johners rode transit, walked, biked or carpooled to and from work in this year’s Commuter Challenge. Saint John had a huge improvement in participation, and a big increase in visibility for an important issue – sustainable commuting.

“It gives us a benchmark so we can make an even bigger impact next year,” explains Jody Kliffer, city coordinator for Saint John.

Saint John came in third overall in the cities over 50,000 people category. Hull, Quebec was in first place, while Victoria, BC captured second.

In all, 28 Saint John companies supported this important initiative. The Employee Sustainability Team for the City created a “Commuter Cup” to celebrate local companies that had the best participation rates within their respective size categories. This year’s Commuter Cup winners are:

Business, 1-10 Employees: Saint John Community Loan Fund
Business, 11-100 Employees: Service New Brunswick Assessment Division
Business, 100+ Employees: J. D. Irving, Limited

The City of Saint John Planning and Development department won the interdepartmental challenge for 2011.

The 2011 Commuter Challenge was possible thanks to the support of the Saint John Parking Commission, Saint John Transit and the Government of Canada through the Eco-Mobility program.

Join us in 2012 for a bigger and better Commuter Challenge!