Why Banff is giving residents a rebate for buying urban shoe spikes

In an effort to encourage more walking, and safety while commuting, the Town of Banff is offering a first-come, first-serve rebate for urban shoe spike purchases. The money for the new reimbursement comes from a surplus in the studded bike tire rebate program.

Residents can get up to $20 back for crampons to use within the town

The Yaktrax brand crampon slips over a regular shoe or boot for an extra layer of traction on slippery surfaces. ( Submitted by Implus Canada)

The Town of Banff is now offering a first-come, first-served rebate for residents when they purchase crampons, the slip-on shoe accessory that adds grip when walking on slippery terrain.

It is the newest incentive in a string of initiatives by the Town of Banff to encourage safety and more environmental commuting rather than using a vehicle.

Under the "Environmental Rebates" section on the town's website, information on the "Snow and Ice Walking Aid" lists the Canadian brand Yaktrax as a common urban crampon.

Council outlined that prices for these accessories range from $10 to $75, depending the model.

Town of Banff is continually looking to investigate innovative ways to cost effectively address the realities of ice and snow in Banff.- Brian Standish, Banff's deputy mayor

"Town of Banff is continually looking to investigate innovative ways to cost effectively address the realities of ice and snow in Banff, and we thought this was a great way to do that," said Brian Standish, Banff's deputy mayor, on the Calgary Eyeopener.

"It sort of piggybacks on our studded tire program we started two years ago."

Residents in Banff can take their receipts into the Town of Banff administration and receive up to a $20 rebate on their purchase of crampons for urban use.

The money-back program was approved by Banff council on Monday as a way to use $2,000 remaining from the studded bike tire rebate program.

That program offered rebates on studded bike tires to encourage winter biking and was fully subscribed in its first four weeks, according to Standish. 

Crampons range in price, typically from $10 to $75. (CBC)

Both programs will remain open to applications until the money is used up.

The funds should be enough to serve at least 100 people, according to its guidelines. Standish says the town is hoping to attract as many people as possible. 

"It is definitely first-come, first-served," says Standish.

The program started Feb. 24 and runs until April 30.

With files from the Calgary Eyeopener


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