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Downtown BIA wants you to leave your vehicle at home on June 2

Car-Free Friday is a celebration of active transportation
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Downtown Stratford Business Improvement Area (BIA) wants everyone to leave cars at home on Fridays starting June 2, just in time for World Cycle Day.

Car-Free Friday is a celebration of active transportation: An opportunity to experience the joy of cycling, rolling, bussing, cruising to work without your vehicle.

"I am excited to see the warmer days abound and having events like this are so much fun," said Jamie Pritchard, BIA general manager, in a news release. "Those that take advantage and use alternate transportation are helping our environment and themselves by leaving the car at home.” 

There are plenty of activities to keep everyone interested and involved: including bike repair demos, free coffee and juice, bike registrations and special guests.

The BIA will be set up at Market Place and Wellington St. next to the bike repair station across from Market Square, where you can fill in a ballot for a prize - two ballots if you bring a travel mug.There is a prize pack valued at $100 comprising a 30-day bus pass, sponsored by Stratford Transit, and 25 Downtown Dollars, sponsored by the BIA.

In addition:

  • Ross’ Bike Works will demonstrate how to use the bike repair station
  • Const. Darren Fischer of Stratford Police Service will provide free bike registration for the Project 529 program (in case your bike is lost or stolen)
  • Bill James-Abra will represent Climate Momentum, a local environmental group 
  • Sadaf Ghalib, Climate Change Programs Manager for the City of Stratford will attend to thank people for using active transportation
  • Michael Mousley, the City's Manager of Transit, will attend to talk about the local transit system and why it’s important to ride the bus

The City and BIA have also announced a 'Friday Friendly Commuters Cup Challenge' to see who can get the most registrants.