Bicycle helmets are the law

Spring has finally sprung in the North Okanagan, and a lot of people have pulled their bicycles out of winter storage.

Spring has finally sprung in the North Okanagan, and a lot of people have pulled their bicycles out of winter storage.

RCMP are reminding all cyclists about a significant safety factor.

“We see a lot of people riding bikes but not wearing their helmets,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “What’s frustrating for us is we see kids wearing helmets, but not parents. The parents are not setting a good example.”

Police and bylaw officers have been busy issuing warning tickets, and they remind all cyclists that a violation ticket for not wearing a helmet while riding a bike can be issued under the Motor Vehicle Act.

The fine is $30.

Vernon RCMP’s downtown enforcement unit plus the City of Vernon Community Policing Office’s summer patrol group will also be conducting helmet enforcement blitzes later this summer.

Wearing a helmet on a bike will be part of the topics covered during three bike safety and skills workshops, offered by the City of Vernon, and open to participants aged 12 and up.

Today is the deadline to sign up for the first clinic set for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at city hall.

“The cost is $10 per participant and everyone must bring a bike helmet, cycling attire that’s appropriate for the weather, a note pad and water bottle,” said City of Vernon communications officer Courtenay Pitcher.

The workshops are to help gear up for Bike to Work Week, slated for May 28 to June 3.

The other workshops will be held on Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesday, May 16, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at city hall.

Pre-registration is a must for any of the three workshops. Call 250-550-3634 or e-mail dsbreception@vernon.ca to sign up.