We’re #1.. FOUR years in a row!

June 26, 2018

Well, that’s a wrap! We rolled through June full speed, blasting through our many successful Bike Week events, finishing in FIRST PLACE in this years Commuter Challenge, for the fourth year in a row.

The RRC Sustainability Office and Mayor Brian Bowman on his Pit Stop visit.

That’s right, Red River College received the Commuter Challenge first place award for highest participation in our workplace category (500-999 employees), coming in at a total of 24% of our workplace. Because of your collective efforts to commute 16,914.67 kms sustainably, RRC staff and faculty….

Burned 151,742.26 calories!

Saved 1,192.59 Litres of fuel!

Avoided 2,255.56 kgs of Co2!

We learned that the highest number of RRC employees use transit, followed by cycling. Thank you to all who participated, we hope you continue to reap the environmental, physical, mental and financial benefits that active and sustainable transportation has to offer. Check out the Commuter Challenge results to see how Manitoba did as a whole, and how RRC compares within our City.

RRC Bike to Work Day Pit Stop promoting sustainable transportation and recharging over 200 Winnipeg cyclists!

Once Commuter Challenge wrapped up, we were on to Bike Week. We want to thank all of our volunteers throughout the week, and a big shout out to Daniel Enns, we could not have done it all without you guys! Here’s a recap of what happened:

On Monday, RRC held our Bike to Work Day Pit Stop at the Omand’s Creek footbridge for the second year in a row. Not only did we have over 200 people from all ends of the City stop by for some GREAT cinnamon buns, coffee and fruit as they cycled their way to work, we had some excellent media coverage, and a visit from Mayor Brian Bowman. Check out Sara on CTV Morning Live here!

Cyclist Meet Up with RRC cycling enthusiast Daniel Enns

Following the Pit Stop, we held a Cyclist Meetup beside our new bike lockers. Thank you all who stopped by to mix and mingle with both fellow cyclists and newbies, provided some valuable feedback on cycling to campus, and checked out our route maps with tips and tricks marked up by our RRC cycling expert Daniel Enns, to find the best (and safest) way to Campus.

RRC’s avid cyclist Michael Whalen provides tips, tricks and tune-ups at our Ask the Expert session

We hope you all had a chance to stop by our Ask the Expert drop in sessions to plan your route, tune up your bike, and ask our RRC cycling experts Daniel Enns and Michael

Whalen your need to know questions. If you didn’t get the chance to pick up a 2018 City bike map, they are available online, and at NDC and EDC Campus Security and the Sustainability Office (C5-19, feel free to drop by!).

And last, we promised ice cream, and we delivered! Our guided group ride to Sargent Sundae was the perfect way to end off a busy bike week. Thank you to Daniel Enns for taking the lead. If you missed it – you missed out, but not to worry, there’s always next time. Stay tuned for more guided group rides this summer!

Sargent Sundae crew fuelling up for the 5 km ride back

Now that we’ve got you rollin’, lets keep on goin’! Keep your bike safe and secure by renting one of our free bike lockers at NDC, or stash it in our secured indoor bike room at PGI. If using our outdoor bike racks, see these tips to keep it safe. And don’t forget, if you need some air or minor tune ups, we have new bike repair stations located in the NDC bus loop.

For information on other modes of sustainable transportation, such as carpooling and transit, check out Commuting and Parking, and GoManitoba, Winnipeg’s online ridesharing platform.