Guelph candidates hit the road to chat with voters during bike ride Wednesday

Guelph candidates will be riding bikes with voters Wednesday night. Organizers say it's a low-stress way to get to know the federal candidates.

Event is a low-stress way to 'really get a feeling' for candidates, organizer says

Five of Guelph's federal candidates will be hitting the road on bicycles to connect with voters in a ride organized by the Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

A meet-the-candidates event in Guelph is hitting the road on two wheels.

The five Guelph candidates representing the parties with candidates in every riding across the country have agreed to don bike helmets and hop on their bicycle for a ride Wednesday evening.

The event is organized by the Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation and will begin with a question for candidates about what they'll do to encourage more people to use alternative forms of transportation, the group's president Yvette Tendick said.

"Riding a bike is an inherently social activity," Tendick said, noting it will have a different vibe from a debate. "The idea is that it's kind of low stress and people can really get a feeling of what their candidate is like."

The ride will include the group going on trails as well as using bike lanes on busy Gordon Street. There will be stops along the one-hour ride as well as a meet and greet at the end at Red Brick Cafe.

It's a unique way to meet the candidates and Tendick says the group did a similar ride with the municipal election that was "extremely successful."

The five candidates set to take part are: Liberal incumbent Lloyd Longfield, Conservative candidate Ashish Sachan, NDP's Aisha Jahangir, Green candidate Steve Dyck and People's Party candidate Mark Paralovos.

Guelph's race also includes Christian Heritage Party candidate Gordon Truscott and Community Party candidate Juanita Burnett.

People needed to preregister for the ride and it is currently full, but people are invited to email the Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation in case there are any cancellations. Details can be found on the group's website.


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