As part of continued efforts to promote and improve road safety, neighbourhood police officers in West Bay have launched a bicycle safety initiative for local schools.
The programme kicked off at Grace Christian Academy on Tuesday where around 50 children took part in a cycle safety lesson. The programme aims to educate young people on the safety measures and precautions that should be taken when cycling, such as wearing reflective clothes and helmets. Officers also gave more general advice on bike upkeep and maintenance.
Sergeant Everton Spence said that with the summer holiday right around the corner, now is the perfect time to spread the cycle safety message.
‘We know that there will be plenty of children out and about on bicycles over the summer months so this is the ideal time to make sure young people are aware of what they can do to help ensure they get around on two wheels safely,’ Mr. Spence said.
During the course of the presentation, information was given to students both in theory and in practical form; a discussion was followed by a demonstration in which students were given the opportunity to showcase their skills through an obstacle course.
‘We also want motorists to be on the lookout for bicycles as well,’ said Sergeant Spence, who stressed that all road users have an obligation to take safety seriously.
‘Everybody has a responsibility to ensure safety on our roads whether you’re on four wheels, two wheels or two feet,’ he said.
The presentation was conducted by the West Bay neighborhood team, which includes Police Sergeant Spence and Police Constables Marcia Myles, Devon Bailey and Kenval Bryan. The programme will be rolled out to all West Bay schools prior to the summer break.