When August was declared as Stettler’s Walk ‘n Roll month, the community was expected collectively to walk or bike to 500 destinations, but the town has responded by registering over 700 destinations, making the campaign a “hugely successful” one, according to Grace Fix, the lead organizer .
Entertainment in the Park, held every Wednesday evening, from 7 p.m. onwards for an hour-and-a-half to two hours was one of the venues where people could either walk or bike from their homes or workplaces.
Approximately 250 people have responded, and participated in the weekly draw for a $50 gift card at Source for Sports.
The draw winners were Tracy Winegarden, Judy Fox, Gail Peterson, Leonard
Klein, Don Porter, Maryna Norman, Keith Ryder and Jan Richardson.
As a minister of the Stettler United Chuch, Jan Richardson donated her $50 Source gift card to the Bar Harbour camp, which the church hosts.
“To actually play games and be active in sport, it takes other people sharing their kids with me,” said Richardson. “Bar Harbour camp is where I played, thanks to other people sharing their kids with me to get me in that mood for playing, so I would like to use this money to get soccer ball or volleyball net or whatever they need.”
Additionally, if people were seen walking or biking during the week to one of their destinations, they were entered into a weekly draw for $50 Stettler bucks.
The weekly recipients were Sara Humphreys, Winnie Bissett, Elizabeth Fuller, and Sharon Rahn, while Cynthis Block was the recipient of the $100 Stettler bucks for the entire month.
Fix, who has spearheaded the campaign has been thrilled with the community’s participation.
“Active transportation is good for people, good for the wallet, and good for the planet!” she said. “Stettler is a very walkable and cyclable town. Distances are reasonable, the terrain is flat, and we have great trails.”
Stettler Walk ‘n’ Roll members were out on the trails distributing flashing reflector lights to 45 residents to date who got “caught” walking or biking to their destination.
Over 100 businesses recognized the importance of walking and biking to destinations and displayed the “We are Walk ‘n’ Roll Participants” posters in their windows to show support.
In September, the focus will turn to encouraging students to walk or bike to school.
Stettler Walk ‘n’ Roll is an ongoing initiative, which started in 2014 and is a collaboration of three local groups, Stettler Wellness Network, Heartland Beautification Committee and the Stettler Traffic Safety Committee.