Police, Lions stress bicycle safety at West Highlands Elementary

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Bicycle and scooter safety was in the spotlight on Friday at West Highlands Elementary School.

AMHERST – Members of the Amherst Police Department joined with the Amherst Lions Club to teach bicycle and scooter safety to students at West Highlands Elementary on Friday.

The school’s 177 students were given advice on what to do at stop signs and railway crossings and were taken through an obstacle course to test their balance.

“It’s all about safety,” Const. Michelle Harrison said. “With summer coming on a lot of these children are going to be on the road on their bicycles and scooters. A lot of them have been taught before, but we just wanted to remind them.”

Const. Harrison was joined by Constables Tom Wood and Randy Babineau in putting the students through their paces while Lions Art ‘Sonny’ Foster, Tom Fisher, Rubin Millard and Dan Yarymowich assisted in directing participants through the various obstacles.

“It’s been going very well,” Harrison said. “We led the children through the various stations. They learned what hand signals to use for stopping and turning left and right, about the importance of wearing a helmet and what to do at stop signs and railway crossings.”

Like motorists, bicycles are supposed to stop at stop signs. They should also use hand signals to communicate with the vehicles they share the road with. It’s also important to walk their bicycles across train tracks in case a wheel gets caught in the rails.

“Also, just like the driver of a car has to look both ways at a stop sign, so too do bicyclists,” Harrison said.

Dairy Queen provided treats for the participants while the CN Police provided sticker books and Access Nova Scotia provided safety information.

Bruce and Cathy White of the Co-operators provided freezies and both they and the Amherst Lions Club each donated bicycles that will be given to two students after a draw.

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Organizations: Amherst Lions Club, Amherst Police Department, CN Police

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