A Langley Township manager took part in a Commuter Challenge by biking to work.
June 1â€“7 was Canadian Environment Week and to mark the occasion, a Commuter Challenge was issued to encourage Canadians to leave their cars at home. The friendly competition between cities and workplaces across the nation celebrated active and sustainable transportation and encouraged people to walk, cycle, carpool, telecommute, or take transit to work.
For Ramin Seifi, the Township general manager of Engineering and Community Development, that meant biking to work at the Townshipâ€™s Civic Facility on 65 Avenue from his home 35 km away.
â€œIt seemed like quite a ways to go, but it really was enjoyable,â€ said Seifi.
The bike ride took two hours the first time, but he revised his route and arrived in an hour and half, later in the week.
â€œIt is really important that our employees and people throughout the community think about how they get to work,â€ said Seifi. â€œCan you carpool with a colleague or take the bus? Can you walk or cycle to the workplace? Giving up your car even once a week can make a difference to the environment â€“ and to your health.â€
Together with employees from close to 1,800 workplaces across the country, Seifi and other Commuter Challenge participants chose sustainable transportation for a total of 2,037,633 kilometres and prevented 305,235 kg of carbon emissions from being generated.