Sunnybrook has partnered with Smart Commute NET in an effort to showcase its environmental commitment and help reduce the pressure on hospital parking. With more than 9,000 employees, plus thousands of visitors, parking at Sunnybrook is at a premium. Working with Smart Commute NET, Sunnybrook has already made progress with its TDM goals.
It is estimated that the average annual cost to own and operate a personal vehicle is somewhere between $7,000 and $10,000. Carpooling allows you to share that expense, leaving you with cash for other things.
Smart Commute’s ride matching website, Carpool Zone, can help you find a carpool partner! Carpool Zone is free, easy and non-commital. Register on the Sunnybrook Carpool Zone group and enter a starting address, along with your weekly schedule and travel preferences. View potential matches and send invitations through the website. After agreeing to share a ride, your carpool will be formed and you can start enjoying the benefits of smart commuting. Best of all, Carpool Zone rewards users for their eco-friendly efforts and tracks greenhouse gases and money saved by carpooling.
Already carpool? Take advantage of HOV lanes and provincial carpool parking lots as meeting locations.
Public Transit/Shuttle Bus
Sunnybrook offers a shuttle service which provides transportation between its three sites including the Sunnybrook campus, The Holland Orthopaedic and Arthritic Centre and Women’s College Hospital. The shuttle also provides an express service to the TTC Yonge and Lawrence Subway Station as a method of encouraging transit use to and from campus. The express shuttle bus is also environmentally friendly as it has been outfitted as a dual fuel system operating with natural gas as the primary fuel and gasoline as the back-up fuel. Natural gas buses emit 50% less nitrogen oxides (NOx), 90% less sulphur oxides (SOx), and 97% less small particulates than conventional buses making it a cleaner alternative and reducing Sunnybrook’s environmental impact.
If you live within 10 kilometers of work, active commuting may work for you!
Did you know that the average person can walk 1km in 10 minutes and can bike 1km in less than 5 minutes? Walking/running is one of the best ways to commute. It’s cost-free, emits zero GHG pollutants into the air and promotes physical health.
If you’re considering using your bike as part of your commute, why not “Rack it and Rocket” with the TTC? Bikes are stored at the front end of the bus. View a demonstration on TTC bike racks here.
If needed, improve your fitness by doing short evening rides to start, or try riding part of the way to work and taking public transit the rest of the way. Take a cycling course such as CAN-Bike (www.canbike.net), and read the Highway Traffic Act for information on cycling rights at www.e-laws.gov.on.ca.
Active commuting doesn’t mean you are limited to staying at work during your breaks. Try walking, biking, or taking transit to local stores during your break. Running your errands on lunch also means that you can go straight home after work.
Sunnybrook continues to support a growing cycling community, with an active Bicycle User Group in operation at the Bayview and Lawrence site.
A map of on-site cycling infrastructure (routes, bike racks and bike cages) has been developed. The map gives information on obtaining access to bike cages and identifies which cages have waiting lists.
“We are so proud to earn this recognition for the fifth year in a row,” says Laura Hough, Sunnybrook’s Manager of Energy & Sustainability. “I think it really speaks to Sunnybrook’s commitment to creating a more environmentally sustainable hospital environment.”
The Showcase is an annual expo that provides opportunity for hospital staff and the community to peruse exhibits featuring information on ‘green’ living and many of the resources and support available to facilitate a ‘greener’ approach.
The Most Unlikely Cyclist
Last year, Smart Commute went on a search for Sunnybrook’s Most Unlikely Cyclist. We looked for an employee who was willing to try cycling to work or was a recreational rider who wanted to experience the comfort of a city bike.
We found Mandy, then Mandy met Mixte. Read her experience here.