Dozens of Halton residents took the better way to work Monday, in this case bikes. Smart Commute Halton, the City of Burlington and the Burlington Chamber of Commerce celebrated Bike to Work Day with the First Annual City-Wide Bike to Work Day Breakfast. Almost 75 cyclists from across Burlington came together to celebrate cycling and raise awareness of cycling as a healthy, practical and fun way to travel to work or school.
Bike to Work Day is an annual Smart Commute event that takes place across Halton Region and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Last year 15 Smart Commute Halton member businesses, six of which are in Burlington, eliminated 288,779 km of road travel through carpooling (that distance is more than six times around the world); prevented 62,702 kg of greenhouse gas emissions and achieved almost $186,362 in commuter savings.
Funded by Metrolinx, Smart Commute Halton works with interested businesses to help reduce parking demand and costs; improve employee recruitment and retention by increasing the attractiveness of organizations to current and potential employees; and improve employee morale and productivity by helping create a low-stress commute for employees.