The City of Calgary


Within the first week of being hired by the City of Calgary, Tina Ritsco was struck by her new employer’s value of sustainable transportation – including running an internal commuter challenge. “I am involved in our Commuter Challenge program because it’s better for the environment, and my carpool-to-train ride is completely stress-free,” said Ritsco. It is no surprise that the City of Calgary has more commuters registered with than any other municipality in Canada.

Ron Schafer, the City’s Transportation Demand Management Specialist implemented the City’s own on-line, year-round version of Sustainable Alberta Associations’ Commuter Challenge back in 2002, and it’s been growing in popularity ever since. Employees input their methods of transportation to and from work and concurrently the system provides them with quantifiable data that illustrates how their commuter efforts in turn affect their environment. “It’s good to track how many kilograms of carbon you’re saving by not driving your car, and in turn it brings out this competitiveness with yourself when you input information and see how you jump spots up from what you were before,” explained Ritsco.

The heat is on when the City participates in the SAA Commuter Challenge each year. The week is also packed with prizes such as free bikes and perks such as the chance to drive the C-train!


Company Highlights

Name: The City of Calgary
Industry: Municipal Government
Size: 2500 (municipal building)

- Carpool matching and parking
- Showers
- Lockers and secure bike parking
- Transit subsidy
- Year-round commuter challenge website with monthly prizes
- Saddle-Up Vouchers
- Blue Skies Awards

Work Structures:
- Flex hours
- 25% of employees work a compressed week
- Teleworking pilot with teleworking to launch in 2009

- Commuter Challenge
- Implemented regional carpool program citywide

- Year-round promotion of
- Green Commuter newsletter, commuter website and commuter bulletin boards

Employee Highlights

Name: Tina Ritsco
Age: 35
Occupation: Senior Facilities Planner


Mode of Transportation: Transit & Carpool
Distance from work: 27 km

Like best about commute:
“I start and end the day stress-free without fighting traffic.”
Motivation: Avoiding traffic issues and reduce emissions
Message to others:
“It’s stress-free, cheaper, more reliable and environmentally responsible.”


Employee Highlights

Name: Ron Schafer
Occupation:Transportation Demand Management Specialist

Mode of Transportation: Carpool
Distance from work: 10 km

Like best about commute: “Knowing that I’m saving money and time.”
Motivation: Reduce emissions, avoid traffic issues and enhance social interaction
Message to others:
“Jobs that provide access to facilities that accommodate active travel and support
for commuter choice are
becoming increasingly
attractive and important
to employees.”


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