Bike rodeo teaches rules of the road

Above: Peace Officer Cody Rossing shows Miller Sloan how to properly wear his helmet and reminding him of the 2-V-1 rule: two inch gap from the helmet and forehead, v shape around the ears and one inch finger spacing between the chin and helmet straps. – Lucie Roy Photos

by Lucie Roy

Members of Morinville Enforcement Services, Morinville RCMP, and Alberta Health Services were on hand volunteering their time for the annual Giddy Up and Go Bike Rodeo May 14. The free event ran from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the arena parking lot and was open to children between the ages of 6 and 12.

CPO Cody Rossing, who organized Thursday night’s event, said mid-May is a perfect time to hold the event to teach new riders and remind those who have ridden before about the rules of the road.

After a talk on helmets and concussions at the Got a Brain Get a Helmet station, which included a brain made of Jell-O and evaporated milk, participants received training on the obstacle course, and took a tour of an ambulance and its equipment.

Alberta Health Services Emergency Medical Services (EMS) members Tracy Buffalo Crew Lead, EMT-P Public Relations Coordinator and Ian Cowie donated a new bike to the event on behalf of EMS. The winner of the new bike draw was Alyssa Stolson.

Last year’s event drew about 45 children to learn the rules of the road. This year’s event drew about 25 children wanting to take part in the event.

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Alberta Health Services EMS paramedic Ian Cowie speaking with Jacob D’Aoust and showing him the inside workings of the ambulance.

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Alberta Health Services EMS paramedic Ian Cowie and Tracy Buffalo Crew Lead, EMT-P Public relations Coordinator presented a bike to winner Alyssa Stolson. EMS donated three bikes Safety Bike Rodeos in the area, one to Stony Plain, Enoch and Morinville.

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