More than 800 Durham kids had a fun-filled learning experience on May 26 at the Kids’ Safety Village Annual Bicycle Fun and Safety Day where the importance of roadway safety is taught in an interactive environment.
Kids brought their bicycles and proper safety gear and had the opportunity to explore different areas to learn about bike safety including a balance test, a narrow road test, a helmet education station and more. Kids also had their bikes examined and tuned up by experts from Impala Bicycles.
Every participant received a certificate and many youths won prizes such as a hockey net, a brand new helmet and even a bicycle.
Parents and caregivers also had the opportunity to learn about bicycle safety for their little ones. They were educated on how to ensure a child’s helmet fits properly and to set a good example by wearing their own helmet when on a bike.
“It’s amazing to see all the kids having fun but learning at the same time,” said Cst. Astrid Morse of the Kids’ Safety Village. “You can tell your children how to be safe on a bike but when you are able to show them in a real-life scenario, they will remember.”
Cst. Morse also took the time to make sure she acknowledged some community partners who have made a real difference in life at the Village. Ken from Impala Bicycles in Oshawa received a certificate for his ongoing contribution to the event and she thanked Holcim, a Durham-based construction company, and the Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night for their financial contributions. “Without their funding, we wouldn’t be able to run these events and we are deeply appreciative for their support.” Members from Durham Region Public Health, the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario and the Brain Injury Association of Durham Region were also on hand to lend support.
The Durham Regional Police Service would like to thank those who came out as well as the many volunteers and Auxiliary officers who made the day an overwhelming success.
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bike thumb (JPG file, 44.3K bytes)
Cst. Morse high fives Koltyn after he passes the balance test (JPG file, 409.6K bytes)
Yemi from Public Health, Elaine from the MTO, Cst. Morse and Frank from the Brain Injury Ass'n present Ken with his certificate (JPG file, 426.3K bytes)
Constance, Rachel, Robert and Liam are ready to ride (JPG file, 554.6K bytes)
A busy day at the Village (JPG file, 515.8K bytes)