Grace Fix, third from left, presents the Walk ‘n’ Roll trophy to Mayor Dick Richards and Stettler Town Council. Seen here, from left are councillors, Al Campbell, Malcolm Fischer, presenter Grace Fix, Mayor Dick Richards, Will Brown, Sean Nolls, and Darcy Bachman. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Stettler beats Ponoka in the first Walk ‘n’ Roll challenge

Stettler recorded 10,008 trips while Ponoka registered 6,512 trips during the four-month challenge.

In the first-ever competition held between the communities of Stettler and Ponoka, the former emerged as the winner of the Walk ‘n’ Roll challenge this summer.

Organized by the Heartland Beautification Committee (HBC), the challenge began on May 1 and ended on Aug. 31. Stettler recorded 10,008 trips while Ponoka registered 6,512 trips over the course of four months.

“The goal of the challenge was to encourage residents to walk or bike to their destination, rather than use their vehicle,” said Grace Fix, main organizer, and vice-chair of HBC. “So these totals mean that vehicles were left at home over 16,500 times throughout the summer.”

According to Fix, participation far exceeded expectations in both communities, and increased impressively throughout the summer, with the totals for the month of August being double than that of May.

Stettler Mayor Dick Richards added to the fun by placing a side bet with the Mayor of Ponoka, Rick Bonnett: the losing town would have to wear the Junior B hockey jerseys of the winning town at a council meeting.

“That happened this past Tuesday, Sept. 26 in Ponoka,” Fix added.

While Ponoka had the advantage of having about 1,000 more residents than Stettler, Stettler had a significant advantage since this is Stettler’s third year of doing Walk ‘n’ Roll promotions to Ponoka’s first.

“Ponoka had superb participation for their first time, and they are certainly out for blood for next year,” Fix stated. “We are in the habit of driving everywhere, when walking or biking can be an option. Stettler is flat, the distances are not great, and we have an excellent trail system. Walking or biking is so much more enjoyable, it gives us some calm in our busy lives, and it saves emissions, all of which walkers and cyclists find is well worth the extra few minutes it will take.”

Ponoka and Stettler are already planning next year’s challenge. Other area communities may be invited to join in the fun as well.

editor@stettlerindependent.com

Just Posted

Learning the intricate ‘ins and outs’ of TaeKwon-do

Popular form of self-defense extends back to ancient times

Local archers off to international competition in Nashville

Deacon Barclay, Katlyne Glasier and Taylor Knudtson landed in the top 24 of NASP Canadian archers recently

Stettler youngster Jake Rock in urgent need of a liver transplant

A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help with medical expenses

Subdivision & Development Appeal Board issues Paradise Shores decision, supports County

SDAB determined the developer’s application was incomplete

Local artist captures vivid images via watercolour

Woody McGibbon continues to explore boundless possibilities via watercolour

VIDEO: 5 of the best fathers in film

From Finding Nemo to Taken, here are some great on-screen dads

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

Alberta Mountie found not guilty of dangerous driving causing pedestrian’s death

RCMP Const. Michelle Phillips also found not guilty of dangerous driving causing bodily harm

Three Albertans land ‘monster’ sturgeon in B.C.’s Fraser River

For angler who landed the exceptionally large sturgeon it was an ‘incredible dream come true’

Toronto Raptors and their diverse team celebrated worldwide

Team is made up of players from the U.S., Canada, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, and Spain

Further murder charge laid after alleged targeted hits in two Alberta cities

Jimmy Truong, who is 27, has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Louie Angelo Mojica

Pot edibles, topicals and extracts to hit shelves no earlier than mid-December: Ottawa

Health Canada wrapped its public consultation on the draft rules for cannabis products in February

We the North: Delirious fans celebrate as Raptors win NBA title

Supporters from all over Canada cheer Toronto’s triumph

Excited, anxious fans prepare for Raptors to play in Game 6 of the NBA Finals

The Raptors currently lead the Warriors 3-2 in the best-of-seven series

Most Read