Support an Active Transportation Plan in Stratford & Perth County
Cycle Stratford is asking the City of Stratford and County of Perth to review, revise and accelerate the implementation of their Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan, as well as programs and infrastructure investments. The City and County should become provincial leaders in active transportation, in conjunction with other environmental/climate actions, to make our communities better, more resilient and more sustainable places to live.
Please sign the petition here.
ATAC Safe Routes to School working group
As part of an Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC) working group, Cycle Stratford helped create a School Travel Plan Project to encourage children to walk or wheel to school in Stratford. Led by Councillor Kathy Vassilakos, the group established a relationship with the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board, and launched School Travel Plans at St. Joseph's Elementary School and St. Aloysius Elementary School in the fall of 2017. At each school, data on how students travel to and from school was collected from the students and families. Using that data, a program to encourage active transportation to school was launched. The program included information about the importance of active transportation, as well as special "walk and wheel" to school events and a bike rodeo. The final phase of the project was to repeat data collection from students and families to measure whether the program has been effective in encouraging more walking and cycling to school. In the fall of 2018, Bedford and Romeo Public Schools joined the program and went through the same process.
In 2019, the City of Stratford, under the leadership of Councillor Kathy Vassilakos applied for and received a grant from the Green Communities of Ontario enabling the project to hire a full time coordinator for 1 year. Since September 1, 2019, Samantha MacGuinness has led the project with the help of representatives from ATAC, Perth Huron Public Health, teachers, parents and Cycle Stratford. She was able to enrol all the remaining Public Schools into the program. Now 8 elementary schools are enrolled in the program to encourage students to walk, scooter or bike to school. Maps have been made to help students and their parents to choose the safest route to their school.
Sadly, the project has been put on hold since March 1 , 2020 due to the pandemic.
Bicycle "valet" parking
Cycle Stratford has provided “valet” parking for cyclists who have attended various events, such as the Kiwanis Garlic Festival and the Labour Day picnic in Upper Queens Park. Cyclists checked their bikes with Cycle Stratford volunteers who tagged each bike, parked it securely, and looked after it at no cost to the cyclist. Promoting cycling as a green alternative is part of the work that we do.
If you have an event that might benefit from bike valet parking, please contact us.