Stettler successfully defended its title in the third annual Walk ‘n’ Roll Challenge this summer in what proved to be a tight race with Ponoka and Wainwright.
Stettler logged 23,588 trips, which means that Stettlerites walked or biked instead of driving a total of 23,588 times. Wainwright recorded 22,253 trips and Ponoka registered 21,751 trips.
So between the three towns, vehicles were left at home for 67,592 trips.
All three towns saw huge increases in participation, with the grand total almost double that of last year. (Last year’s total by the three towns was 34,652 trips.)
This summer, Stettler was in third place for May and June but rallied in July and August to take the lead.
The challenge, organized by the Heartland Beautification Committee, began May 1st and ended Aug. 31st.
The goal is to encourage residents to consider walking or biking instead of driving to where they need to go.
“We can change our habit of driving everywhere. Walking or biking to our destination is an option that we can often consider,” says Grace Fix of the Heartland Beautification Committee.
“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.”