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Person cycles towards Fort Garry campus on a pathway through Southwood lands.

Many UM community members participated in Commuter Challenge by cycling to campus

Rolling into bronze

UM avoids nearly 2,500kg of CO2 and wins bronze in 2022 Commuter Challenge!

July 11, 2022 — 

Every year, the University of Manitoba community is invited to participate in Commuter Challenge, a week-long event focused around sustainable transportation. The challenge promotes friendly competition within and between Canadian cities and workplaces, encouraging participants to love all their trips by choosing active and sustainable modes of commuting including walking, cycling, carpooling, taking transit and telecommuting.

This year, staff and faculty successfully won Bronze for participation in the large workplace category. As a whole, the UM community has:

  • Travelled 13,616 km using a sustainable mode of transportation
  • Avoided 2,563 kg of CO2 emissions
  • Saved 1,109 litres of fuel
Naomi Andrews, VP Administration, enjoys refreshments after arriving at Fort Garry Bike to Work Day pit stop.

Naomi Andrew, VP (Administration), enjoys refreshments after arriving at Fort Garry’s Bike to Work Day pit stop.

More results and winners of prizes can be found here! Prizes included passes to Folk Fest, one year worth of doughnuts, Weekend getaways to Falcon Trails Resort as well as Wild Skies Resort.

Bike to Work Day, organized by Bike Week Winnipeg, also fell on the Monday of Commuter Challenge. Over 3,000 cyclists visited the 45 pit-stops that were hosted around the city by various organizations to offer encouragement and refreshments to cyclists. UM hosted pitstops at both Bannatyne and Fort Garry campuses and saw a total of over 250 cyclists.

Don’t let your sustainable commutes stop here! This is a great time to try out, get back into it, or continue using active and sustainable modes of transportation. Prizes include improved health for you and the planet!

Contact the Office of Sustainability for sustainable transportation tips and tricks.

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