Bike Safety Day

31 Division

Officers schooled children from the Shoreham-Driftwood area on bicycle safety recently.

Toronto Anti-Violence Strategy officers decided to hold the bicycle safety day to encourage bicycle safety among young people in the area after interacting with so many children on bicycles over the summer.

They recruited the help of The Children’s Breakfast Club, Toronto Fire Services and Toronto Emergency Services as well as officers from Traffic Services and Youth in Policing Initiative students from Divisional Policing Support Unit.

Traffic Services Training Constable Hugh Smith set up the course that was designed to test and improve bicycle skills for the 55 children who took part in the day. Officers were positioned along the course to encourage the kids and give pointers.

Motorcycle officers escorted the children on a bike ride alongside officers on bicycles to practice their skills including signalling and stopping.

The children also had the chance to take a close look at an ambulance, fire truck and received a Department of Public Health lecture on how to wear their helmets properly.

A man in TPS uniform is surrounded by children
The kids are welcomed and chat with an officer Photo: Handout
Men in TPS uniform ride bicycles alongside children
Officers and kids rode together to the obstacle course with an escort from Motor Squad officers on motorcycles Photo: Handout
A man in TPS uniform stands beside children on bicycles in a parking lot with many orange cones
Kids wait to take a spin through the course that tests their ability on a bicycle Photo: Handout

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