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Bike Rodeo teaches importance of safe riding

By Kevin Anderson, The Northern Times

Bobbie Jo Duquette teaches students the importance of recognizing traffic signs and lights and using hand signals.

Bobbie Jo Duquette teaches students the importance of recognizing traffic signs and lights and using hand signals.

 Bicycles – they can be a wonderful transportation or recreational tool, but rider safety has to be of the utmost importance.

 

That is the message the Porcupine Health Unit was sending to Gr. 4 students this past Thursday, as they took part in the Annual Alissa Wilker Bike Rodeo, held at the Kap RCC.

 

“We’re giving them tips and training on safety, the rules of the road and how to properly use their bicycles,” said Joanne Bennett. “It’s very important to teach kids these things at a young age because a lot of them don’t realize that their bicycle is a vehicle and as with other vehicles there are rules to follow and precautions to take.”

 

Bennett said age 10 seems to be a good time to teach these rules and precautions, as it is an age when children tend to have a little more independence, venturing off without adult supervision and tend to understand the teachings better.

 

“It is important they learn to be aware of their surroundings, “ said Bennett. “We also put a large emphasis on having a proper sized and proper fitting helmet.”