Using vehicles as our main mode of transportation has become culture in Canada because of many reasons like climate, distance to destinations, ease, and time. But using active modes of transportation like walking, cycling or taking public transit isn't as bad as it seems.
The 2014 National Commuter Challenge wants to celebrate active and sustainable transportation by encouraging you to leave your vehicle at home and walk, bicycle, use public transit, or car pool. Here are some of the benefits to these alternative modes of transportation:
Increase daily physical activity - only 15% of Canadians receive recommended amounts of physical activity.
Reduce air pollutants - vehicle emissions can cause bronchitis, asthma, respiratory infections and other breathing problems.
Save money - driving 18,000km per year costs an average of almost $8,500 when driving an average sized car!
Be healthy - increased physical activity and decreased air pollution are good things for health!
Reduce road maintenance and construction costs - saves tax dollars!
Reduce the need for fossil fuels - help give the environment a break and put some money back into your wallet at the same time!
The National Commuter Challenge is from June 1st to 7th, 2014. Sign up yourself or your workplace at www.commuterchallenge.ca.