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Commuter Challenge – the results are in!

June 27, 2013

The results are in, and Manitoba has again placed first in the country for the Commuter Challenge.

At the workplace level, Red River College received a 2nd place finish, coming in behind the Assiniboine Credit Union (ACU). Next year it’s “game on” between ACU and RRC as they nudged us out of a first place finish by a mere 18 people!

Our second place finish is still sweet as we achieved record participation levels with 159 College employees who bused, biked, carpooled and teleworked during the challenge week. That’s an unprecedented participation rate of 28%. This is no small feat, as no other educational institution in Manitoba surpassed the 15% participation threshold. The Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg had participation rates of 2.9% and 8.3% respectively. Congratulations Team RRC! Read all the local results here.

I want to extend an extra “high five” to those staff who led the pack during the Commuter Challenge. Collectively these staff travelled 6634 km. and avoided producing 1028 kg. of GHG.

Walkers: Trilby, Zaheer Ahmad, Tara Luchuck, Aynsley, Debbie Simpson, Dennie Cormack

Carpoolers: Lorelei Henry, Elly Acton, Gail Emms, Deb Blower, Dennie Cormack, Trilby, Debbie Simpson and Sherrie Cooke

Cyclists: Mike Poitras, James Voth, Gordon Lee, Greg Dyck, Gord Bone

Transit takers: Zaheer Ahmad, Trilby, Norlan Page, Staphnie Chuhai, Petra Martel

Telecommuters: Peter Denton, Eva Brown, Deb Blower, Mike Arsenault

Finally congratulations to our prize winners: Pam Grimshaw who won a bike pannier for being one of the first 100 to register for the Commuter Challenge and John Mark Allen who won the coveted custom-built bike / extreme bike makeover (valued at $600) from Natural Cycle!

It was great seeing the spirit of RRC come to life in support of the challenge and seeing so many new people participating, getting active and helping the planet.

See you all next year!