The start of the New Year is often a time to establish new routines that help to achieve personal goals. The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) wants to make it even easier for residents to have flexibility in the way they get around without a car. To help people get started on healthy transportation habits, the RMOW is launching a campaign for Whistler residents to share their tips and tricks for active transportation, all year long.
The campaign includes individual, family and business categories, and entering takes less than two minutes with a variety of prizes. To learn more, please visit: www.whistler.ca/activetravel
Many people likely have goals related to getting more exercise, and finding time in busy schedules can be hard and sometimes even stressful. Committing to weekly “active travel” is a simple solution, and in Whistler, the options are what define the community as a unique mountain town. Stretching across 40 km, the Valley Trail is much more than a summer walking area for visitors. Snow-cleared and blissfully peaceful in winter, the Valley Trail is a free outdoor gym that connects neighbourhoods, Meadow Park Sports Centre, the Village, and many other daily destinations. For residents living in Alpine Meadows, Nicklaus North and Spruce Grove, cross country skiing to and from the Village along the Valley Trail can be a beautiful way to get around. To access the improved Valley Trail maps, including snow clearing information, visit www.whistler.ca/maps.
Concerned about making it back at the end of a busy day? More buses and service hours mean that transit is available approximately every 15 minutes, heading north and south across Whistler. Mixing walking or skiing with transit is an affordable alternative to owning and operating vehicles, especially for families managing the costs of more than one car. The Whistler Transit family travel program means that children 12 and younger travel for free with one paying adult.
With increasing costs of living, and holiday bills coming in, many Whistler residents are interested in finding creative options that save money. Most people would be surprised to learn that they could uncover $10,000 by becoming a single car family. All those trips to the gas station, mechanic, and parking meter add up.
Beyond the many personal benefits associated with reduced car use, Whistler residents have consistently called for strong action on climate change. Canada’s commitment to the 2015 Paris Accord means that communities across Canada, including Whistler, must continue to explore policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The RMOW’s efforts to enable car-free travel are aligned with international climate change targets, as well as many local economic targets.
Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden encourages everyone to get involved in transportation solutions. “As a mountain town, Whistler has long been concerned with the issue of climate change. There are many ways that Whistler residents and businesses can benefit from the programs being introduced, including increased staff engagement, reduced operational costs, and enhanced travel experiences that are less stressful and more enjoyable.”