Bike safety focus of afternoon at hall

Aside from using bright orange pylons as make-shift trumpets, the bike helmeted wee-ones of Hay River left them in their stationary position and learned a few new rules on Saturday.
Members of the Hay River Fire Department and by-law enforcement were out and about this weekend in order to make sure the younger-lings of the Hay River area were up on their road rules when two-wheeling it.
Volunteers also make sure kids are safe with their helmets.


If they don’t fit right, they are adjusted, and if they are out-of-date, or damaged to some degree, they leave the department with a brand new one.
“It’s a mixture of both things I think,” said Fire Chief Ross Potter.
“The Fire Department volunteers are up on the rules. It’s important for public safety and getting kids aware, too. We like to get the word out when we can.”
At the head of a gathering of multi-coloured bikes decked out with sparkling streamers, stickers, bells and horns, Michelle Stephens watched her son Tyrone circle pylons on his bike.
Stephens brought him to the event as a prerequisite to riding the 2.5 kilometres to school and back.
“It’s one thing to see them riding around in the neighbourhood,” said Stephens.
“It’s quite another to know whether or not they’ll follow the rules anywhere else.”
Potter said that there are only a few, yet simple, rules that kids need to be aware of.
A few of these, anyone under the age of 12 should walk their bikes across an intersection, be aware of which side is the right side to bike on, and always looking for traffic when crossing both ways of course, even if a road is quiet.
Bike Rodeo participants Halli Delorey and Layne Leonard were the big winners of a draw out of 34 names.
They each won a $200 gift certificate for a new bike.
Each kid who registered for the course was automatically entered into the draw for the gift certificate.
They were also able to take home a prize and certificate proving they passed the course, signed by Potter.
There was also a barbecue with hot dogs, juice and donuts so that hungry bellies could be filled at the end of the course.
The bike safety day has been an initiative of the Fire Department for more than 20 years now.