June 5-11 is Commuter Challenge and Cycle Week 2016!
The Commuter Challenge is a friendly competition between Canadian cities and workplaces that encourages Canadians to leave their cars at home and instead use active transportation and log commutes using alternative transportation. Over the past several years Kingstonians have taken the challenge and ranked first in the medium- sized city category for the past four years and last year had the second highest participation rate in all of Canada!
In honour of this years’ commuter challenge KFL&A Public Health asked me to answer four questions for commuter challenge participants, here they are:
What does a ‘Smart and Livable City’ mean to you?
The vision to be a smart and livable city is about the opportunity to build on our amazing assets and make Kingston an even better place to call home. Like cities across the country we face challenges – environmentally, socially and economically – but I believe these challenges are best tacked collectively. The vision is about big picture thinking and building partnerships to move our community forward together. By harnessing our incredible assets, our collective creativity and energy we will improve the quality of life for all.
In recent years Kingston has represented itself very well in the Commuter Challenge, winning 1st place in our city size category for the past 4 years. Why do you think the Commuter Challenge fits so well with our city?
The Commuter Challenge is about leaving the car at home and exploring active ways to get around in our community. Kingston has emerged as a leader in this challenge over the years thanks to the dedication of volunteers and participants who take the challenge as an opportunity to showcase support for the continued investment in active transportation options and networks in Kingston.
How is the city working to support people using active transportation?
As a city we continue to work to enhance active transportation, making more options available and accessible across our community. Specific examples include working to complete the K&P trail by Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, ongoing service enhancements to Kingston Transit and increasing the bike lane network. We are also working to connect and beautify spaces; examples include the Waterfront Master Plan to revitalize and connect our beautiful waterfront and a commitment to increasing the city’s tree canopy.
Can people get involved in this process?
One of Council’s top priorities for our term is fostering open government and encouraging more engagement. Community input is important to me and I am always seeking opportunities to hear from you. Together we can all play a role in generating innovative and implementing solutions unique to our community. I want to hear from you, connect with me on social media, on my website, e-mail or in person at events or around the community.
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