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Victoria tops B.C. cities in Canada’s Commuter Challenge

The City of Victoria took top spot in the province and came second in Canada during a national commuter challenge week.

  • Jun. 24, 2013 7:00 p.m.

The City of Victoria took top spot in the province and came second in Canada during a national commuter challenge held earlier this month.

National Commuter Challenge Week, held June 2 to 8, is an annual friendly competition between cities and workplaces to encourage Canadians to leave their cars at home.

Participants tracked their daily commutes and were given instant information about the number of calories burned, how much fuel they saved and how much CO2 was kept out of the atmosphere.

“We had the most participants as a city with a team of 118 employees,” said Mayor Dean Fortin. “It really reflects our West Coast lifestyle and our personal commitment to health and the environment.”

The 22 Victoria organizations that took part in the challenge logged 20,516 kilometres of carpooling, biking, walking and transit trips. Those trips saved 1,600 litres of fuel and prevented 3,400 kilograms of CO2.