About

ATfest 2024 is the second ‘active travel’ festival taking place in the historic city of Chester, Cheshire on Sunday 16 June 2024.

 

The concept was born in the winter of 2021 after a number of local charities and community groups – Active Cheshire, Chester Cycling Campaign, Chester Residents’ Associations Group and Chester Sustainability Forum – emerged from the Covid-19 pandemic asking “what can we do to make Chester a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, work and play?

 

Based on the success of ATfest 2023 we have gained support from the CW&C councillors to hold another festival this year – ATfest 2024!

 

Walking, cycling and wheeling – what we collectively call ‘active travel’ – simply means making journeys in physically active ways. Aimed at young, old and all ages and abilities, ATfest will be fun and informative, with the purpose to promote active travel as the natural choice for those short journeys to school, work or the shops. So, if you’re a driver, or car owner, who’s interested in reducing your car use then ATfest is for you…

 

In 2019 Cheshire West and Chester (CWaC) declared a Climate Emergency and its response plan has a target of reducing car travel by 25% by 2025. During lockdown we saw that vast numbers of people will walk, cycle and wheel if given the right environment. According to the 2020 National Travel Survey, published September 2021 – 25% of car trips were under 1 mile, and 71% were under 5 miles – so these shorter car trips offer us a real opportunity for a significant shift to active travel.

 

To tackle any obstacles and make active travel better, we need your help to understand the barriers, and enablers, so that we can help to plan towards an active travel network that works better for Chester.

 

Because nobody understands the local network better than you do, so bring your family along to enjoy our festival and share your views with our team.

MEET THE TEAM

AT Fest has been the passion project of a small group of dedicated individuals who have a real sense of the importance of this kind of event to Chester as a city. Whether you walk, cycle, scoot or wheel, this team are keen to support you and encourage you to enjoy a more active lifestyle in our fair city.

Stephen Perry

Stephen is the secretary and liaison officer for the Chester Cycling Campaign, of which he has been a member for 15 years.

A keen walker and cyclist, he has been a key member of the Cheshire West and Chester (CWaC) Active Travel Forum, and more recently, the Integrated Sustainable Transport Task Force.

Vanessa Bond

A city-centre resident, Vanessa was secretary of Chester Residents’ Associations Group (CRAG) since its formation in 2019 until 2023. CRAG is an umbrella organisation of 20+ community groups within – and nearby – the city walls. More recently Vanessa has set up a local Chester group of the national charity Living Streets, which promotes everyday walking. In her spare time, she is an enthusiastic walker and occasional cyclist

Taste Cheshire

Taste Cheshire is a local membership organisation representing food and drink across the county. As a result they have become event specialists, organising events such as Chester Food and Drink festival, farmer's markets, food and drink awards ceremonies, and Deva Fest among others. They joined the ATFest team to share their event management knowledge and promotional skills.