Pilot Program puts Young Riders on the Road to Safer Cycling

April 29, 2014

The Delta Police Department is partnering with local elementary schools this spring to help improve the cycling skills of grade 4 and 5 students. The goal of this pilot project is to grow a generation of safe cyclists and improve (cycling) safety on our roads.

The pilot project began earlier this month when Delta Police School Liaison Officers and volunteers from our Ladner CoPS office attended Port Guichon Elementary School for a one hour, hands on session.

Students were able to practice real life cycling scenarios such as shoulder checks, fast braking and hand signaling.

“The hands-on portion of the course is so valuable,” said School Liaison Officer Cst. Sean Doolan. “These students are now armed with basic road skills that will promote a safer, bike-friendly community. We are teaching safe cycling skills at a young age and reminding everyone that all road users must respect one another.”

School Liaison Officers and volunteers also covered the importance of understanding road signs, proper helmet usage and other observation skills. At the end of the course, each student received a certificate showing they took part in the course.

Approximately 75 students took part in this year’s pilot project and next year Delta Police members and volunteers are hoping to see 1000 students go through the course.