There are currently 4.5 million cars on New Zealand roads — one of the highest rates of car use in the world, per capita of population. What if people power could make a difference to that. For good? Piloted in Tauranga in 2022 the Wednesday Challenge is now moving into towns and cities across New Zealand. Schools, businesses, social and community groups. Thousands of individuals joining the challenge and having fun while doing good.
When you walk, bike, take public transport or share a lift you are part of a community. It is easier to notice neighbours and locals and look out for each other, and it can be way more fun.
Statistics show that regular exercise can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Mild exercise is enough to improve self esteem and cognitive function.
Exercising on workdays can boost your time management skills by an impressive 72%
We know it's not always possible and that's ok, but by considering options other than a single car journey you are actively reducing your carbon footprint and gives you a great chance to engage with the space between destinations.
A typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tones of carbon dioxide per year.
The average passenger vehicle emits about 251 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
When sitting in traffic an average passenger vehicle emits about 2.5 times more CO2 than when driving.
More cities and towns will be jumping on board throughout the year. If you don't see your location yet then join the challenge as a Nomad.
I enjoyed The camaraderie, doing a challenge that other people were participating in, the fun and the chance to try to be part of pushing for change
Tauranga participant 2022