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Winnipeg church improves participation rate for 2nd annual Faith Commuter Challenge

FCC 2018 Winnipeg carpool
Iris, Vivian, and June enjoy the social aspect of carpooling,
the most popular mode of transportation to church.

submitted by Maureen Peniuk, Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, Winnipeg

We improved our Faith Commuter Challenge participation rate to 80%! Last year it was 70%. What a fun way to celebrate the sustainable ways that we commute to church and “Live with Respect in Creation”. Carpooling (51%) is our preferred “green’ form of transportation to church. Walking (18%) is the second most popular mode, with transit (8%) and cycling (3%) much less common. The remaining 20% drive alone.

The Bulk Entry option is a great way to input the data for participants who do not sign up online directly themselves. Thanks to Faith & the Common Good for organizing this national challenge for us again.

Debbie is a member of the choir and a regular bike commuter.

FCC 2018 Winnipeg Debbie and bicycleQ: How long have you been commuting to church this way?

A: About 10 years. Sometimes I walk or take transit from work for evening events.

Q: What are some of the benefits of commuting to church by Bike?

A: No hunting for parking!

Q: Any interesting stories from your commute?

A: Sometimes I find myself singing the final hymn of the service while riding home down Nassau. There's not a lot of cars, but I sometimes get some funny looks as I zip past pedestrians.

Q: Your tips for others who may want to bike to church?

A: Get a panier or a basket to carry your stuff.

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