BRAMPTON—Rewarding employees who cycle to work on Fridays is one of several measures that have landed Peel Region a smart commute employer of the year award from Metrolinx.
Last night, Metrolinx honoured 11 employers from across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) at the seventh annual Smart Commute Awards held at St. Lawrence Hall in Toronto.
Leading organizations were recognized for their outstanding efforts in supporting their employees to walk, cycle, and take transit, carpool, or telework.
Peel Regional headquarters in Brampton was singled out for leading a number of initiatives.
Some of the Brampton headquarters’ efforts include a work-from-home pilot program for staff, bike zone, a secured bike parking facility for employees who choose to cycle, a discounted transit pass program, and bike-to-work Fridays, which includes a free breakfast for participants.
A panel of community members from across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, representing various sectors, including business, non-profit, transit, and transportation planning selected the award winners.
Smart Commute is a program of Metrolinx and municipalities throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The program’s goal is to ease gridlock, improve air quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while making commuting less expensive and more enjoyable.
Smart Commute is also a key program identified in The Big Move, Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan for the GTHA. Currently, Metrolinx has $16 billion worth of projects underway that make up an extensive network of regional rapid transit projects.
More information about the Smart Commute program can be found at SmartCommute.ca.
Source – http://www.bramptonguardian.com/brampton-on/ article November 22, 2013