By Justin Seward
The 40 Mile Regional FCSS teamed up with local RCMP and Safety City Medicine Hat to bring a Bicycle Safety Day to Bow Island and Foremost on Aug. 19.
The idea was stemmed from the annual Farm Safety Days and parades being cancelled and that is where the local FCSS came up with a day of fun and safety.
The day kicks off with a safety event at Foremost Community Hall from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., with a bike parade going at 2:30 p.m., while Bow Island’s event will be from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Park. Their parade will go at 7 p.m.
Riders will go through fun check points such a Ready to Ride presentation, SWAG and receive a helmet a bike check from RCMP officers.
“First of all because it’s fun,” said Susie Heinrichs, FCSS’s cultural community coordinator, on why the event was important.
“Second of all, we do see a lot of the kids outside enjoying life on a bicycle, and many of them are without helmets (or) their helmets are quite big. We just wanted to do an education session that is fun for the kids and just to promote bike safety.”
Bike Safety Day is for all ages, but children six and under have to be accompanied by an adult.
Riders have to bring their own bikes and helmets.
Social distancing measures will be in place.
Registration can be done by calling (403) 545 2200 or at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdoEoTesaVFo6TO41L-4swA9mm-eHbtG5lUD6s6apogH_9Z9w/viewform.
“Bicycle safety is something that we should take seriously because it is fun to ride our bicycles around town. But there is a lot of traffic around town,” said Heinrichs.
“If we can teach the kids to be safe on their bicycles, first of all it gives more independence and second of all it promotes a safer community together.”