Olds Detachment RCMP are pleased to announce an initiative to encourage bicycle helmet compliance for youth. In Alberta a cyclist must wear a helmet until they reach the age of 18 years old. In June members of the detachment and the Mountain Bike Unit delivered bike rodeo’s to Grade 4 students in area schools. The rodeos focus on properly wearing/adjusting one’s helmet and bike handling manoeuvres to ensure safety.
To encourage compliance and to build on the bike rodeo program the detachment has partnered with the Olds Dairy Queen and Ridley’s Cycle of Calgary/Okotoks to deliver a positive enforcement initiative. If youth are seen wearing a bicycle helmet while cycling they will be stopped by an officer and given a ticket. The catch being, this ticket awards a free small cone available at the Olds Dairy Queen. Additionally, a ballot entry is printed on the back to enter a draw for a bicycle donated by Ridley’s Cycle which can be entered at the DQ. The draw for the bicycle will take place on August 19th at the Olds Dairy Queen.
Olds detachment encourages all riders regardless of age to wear a helmet when cycling. Motorists are reminded that now that the summer months are here youth are cycling more frequently and during all times of the day on and around area roadways. Motorists and cyclists must share the roadway and the responsibility to ensure a safe injury free summer.