Submitted by Grace Fix
Mayor Richards declared August as Stettler “Walk ‘N’ Roll” month, which is designed to encourage residents to walk or bike to some of their destinations, and leave their car at home sometimes. The goals are to promote an active lifestyle and to reduce emissions.
The promotion, jointly sponsored by the Stettler Wellness Network, the Heartland Beautification Committee and the Stettler Traffic Safety Committee, involves business and individual participation.
Business participation means that at least one employee in the business has walked or biked to work at least once during the week. Participation for individuals refers to walking or biking at least once during the week as a means of transportation to any purposeful destination.
Participants register at www.stettler.net. Businesses who register will be mentioned in the list of participants in weekly advertising in August. Individuals who register will be entered into a random draw to win one of 25 clip-on flashing reflector lights for walkers and bikers.
The “Walk ‘N’ Roll” promotion could not have occurred without a generous grant from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation which allowed the Heartland Beautification Committee to purchase bike racks for all of Main Street.
The “Walk ‘N’ Roll promotion also funds a $1 reduction in entry fees to certain public events, such as the Stettler Flying Club Fly-In Breakfast on September 1, to those who walk or bike to the event. Organizers of other events that might be interested in participating are welcome to contact any committee members.
Also part of the longterm “Walk ‘N’ Roll” campaign are new signs that have appeared around town showing residents the distance and time required to walk or bike to certain destinations.
Stettler is a very walkable and cyclable town, with great pathways, no hills and reasonable distances, so the “Walk ‘N’ Roll” organizers hope residents will enjoy experiencing the outdoors on the way to their destination.