Commuter Challenge – It’s a wrap!

The 2012 BEST Commuter Challenge has drawn to a close and once again it was a great success. Thank you to ICBC and the many sponsors and donors that supported the Challenge — your support helped B.C. to place third in Canada! A few important stats: In B.C., registered participants traveled 558,306 km, avoided 93,999 kg of CO2, saved 40,674 L of fuel, and burned 3,761,639 calories. The cities of Vancouver, Victoria, Surrey, Richmond, Burnaby, Maple Ridge, North Vancouver, Nelson, and Summerland placed in the top three of their size categories in all of Canada. One hundred and sixty-four unique workplaces registered this year, increasing the number of workplaces by 30 and doubling the employee base from 2011. The hard effort and consistent encouragement of workplace coordinators helped to motivate and inspire the employees to try a variety of sustainable commuting options. Special note should be made to those companies which achieved 100% employee participation: Congratulations to the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, the AME Consulting Group Ltd, Paul Sangha Landscape Architecture, Harvey McKinnon Associates, Vantage Point, Light House Sustainable Building Centre, Icebreaker Merino Clothing Inc, ECO Outdoor Sports, Mosquito Creek Marina, PHSA, Itza Ristorante & Pizzeria, Enermodal Engineering, Hawthorne Co, West Kootenay Ecosociety, Capilano University Faculty Association, Kootenay Carshare Coop and NEW Customer Service. Congratulations also to Hemmera, Davis LLP, and Mountain Equipment Co-op for placing first in their size categories. You can read more about the final results and stories by visiting our website. We hope to see you all in 2013!    

Transportation 2040

The City of Vancouver is in the process of developing Transportation 2040 – a plan which will provide a vision for the next 30 years, and guide transportation decisions for how people and goods will move in and around Vancouver for the next 15 years. Central to this plan is a City where walking, cycling, and transit are attractive options for getting around. The City is looking for feedback from citizens before they finalize the plan late in 2012. Deadline for completing the online questionnaire is July 13, 2012 –to complete the questionnaire, and to read more about Transportation 2040, click here.  

Living Streets returning in the fall

BEST’s popular Living Streets program is returning in the fall. Michelle Drewitz, Living Streets coordinator, is already in contact with various people in Surrey – so you can expect to hear more from her in the coming months! Living Streets, based on a popular project of the same name developed in Britain, takes place in various neighborhoods in the City of Surrey. Community members, especially youth and new Canadians, are trained to conduct street audits which identify ways to create safe and accessible streets. Participants learn to assess their neighborhoods, identify concerns and develop ways to positively address these concerns. Information gathered from the street audits will then be used in workshops attended by Surrey municipal planners and officials. If you are interested in donating or becoming a street auditor, please contact Beth at or 604-669-2860 ext 211.