Course encourages safe use of scooters

It’s one of the City of Vernon RCMP Safe Communities Unit’s most popular courses.

It’s one of the City of Vernon RCMP Safe Communities Unit’s most popular courses.

The annual Scooter Safety Course is designed for electric mobility users (electric scooter, electric mobility chairs), family and friends of users and those interested in the operation, use and purchase of independent pedestrian mobility machines.

The course will run June 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Schubert Centre.

It will consist of inside instruction on operation, safety, traffic laws and maintenance of your mobility device.

“We then proceed to the outside ‘roadeo’ portion where any and all are invited to operate and practice first-hand the safe operation of the devices by turning right and left, crossing intersections, hand signals, backing up and changing direction with your machines,” said Ed Howard, the safe communities unit’s seniors and business programs coordinator.

Extra machines will be supplied for use and demonstration purposes.

This is a must-have for the safe operation of pedestrian mobility machines used on city sidewalks and local roadways not bearing sidewalk availability.

The course is absolutely free of charge (coffee and cookies supplied) and there will be door prizes.

Those interested need to pre-register if possible with the safe communities unit at 250-550-7840, but walk-ins are always welcomed.