Kicking off Bicycle Safety Week, the Yorkton Bicycle Rodeo celebrated its 7th annual event helping to teach basic bike safety to over 250 grade three students.
Spearheaded by the Yorkton RCMP detachment, Canadian Tire, the Painted Hand Community Development Corporation and SGI, who sponsored the event, the Rodeo aims to show such crucial skills as hand signals, safe handling, and using a helmet.
“They seem to really enjoy it,” said Constable Wilson of the Yorkton RCMP.
“They’re really receptive. Actually, you can see a lot of improvement from the time we get here to the time they leave.”
“St. Paul’s is the first school of many to participate bicycle safety week with members of the RCMP as well as firefighters,” said Leta Perepeluk, a Grade 3 teacher from St. Paul’s.
“There are also other people that came together to donate bicycles [and] helmets for the students to learn about bike safety.”
All students received a free bicycle helmet, and the winners of a colouring contest received a bicycle.
“We’re proud to again be part of this program, and to assist out local RCMP members in giving our young people a good grounding in basic bicycle safety. This is something they will remember throughout their lives,” said Mayor Bob Maloney.
Among the schools participating include St. Mary’s, Yorkdale, St. Michael’s, M.C. Knoll, St. Alphonsus, Columbia, Dr. Brass, and St. Pauls.