County, Public Health battle for active transportation challenge
Public Health's Colleen Dowe (left) and Vicki Weaver, recreation and physical activities co-ordinator for Cumberland County, square off in a friendly active transportation challenge between the organizations. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - Colleen Dowe and Vicki Weaver walked to meet each other halfway between their two places of employment.
The two women, Dowe, from Public Health and Weaver, the Municipality of Cumberland County, have spearheaded a challenge between the organizations in support of Active Transportation Month.
"I thought, 'what can we do?,’" said Weaver, recreation and physical activities co-ordinator for the county.
"I thought we could take a week and see how much we could do for Active Transportation."
Active Transportation is any human-powered travel that helps reduce emissions and lower noise pollution levels.
At the very last minute, Weaver contacted Dowe to see if Public Health would be interested in participating.
"A lot of people thought it wouldn't be possible or that it was going to be hard," said Dowe.
For the past week, seven out of the 30 county employees have participated.
"It's mostly biking and walking," said Weaver, adding many county employees live outside of town. She said those employees, including herself, were able to drive into the area, but tried to park somewhere and walk or bike the rest of the way to work.
Over at Public Health, the organization asked Addictions Services to come on board to try and even out the numbers.
Of 24 participants, 20 have participated this past week.
"We're cleaning up," said Dowe, laughing.
"Ours are almost all walking."