Students learn about safe cycling on Traffic Safety Day
Edmonton … Alberta students learned about bicycle safety from a Canadian Olympian and Tour de France competitor as part of Traffic Safety Day, an annual event held to increase awareness of traffic safety.
Alex Stieda, the first North American to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, an Olympic competitor and a Commonwealth Games medalist, spoke to Grade Two and Three students from St. Pius X Catholic Elementary School.
“This event provides us with an opportunity to teach students some simple but important traffic safety rules. This knowledge will help to keep them safe when cycling, walking or riding the school bus,” said Minister of Transportation Luke Ouellette. “The event also enables us to increase awareness of the importance of traffic safety among drivers, especially with children back in school and school buses on the road.”
Law enforcement officers led 45 students through four stations to teach the students how to ride a bicycle safely and wear a bicycle helmet properly, how to cross a street safely and how to get on and off a school bus safely as well as teach them about the role of a school patrol. The stations were hosted by Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Motor Association’s School Safety Patrol and Alberta Transportation’s driver education specialists.
The students were also given activity books from the Street Safe program, which teach children in Kindergarten to Grade Three about traffic safety concepts. The materials were designed with input from teachers, the Alberta Motor Association and Kidsafe Alberta, and include sequenced lessons that build from grade to grade and characters that age with students. Activity books and teacher resource guides are provided free-of-charge to schools in Alberta. For more information about the Street Safe program, please visit: www.saferoads.alberta.ca.
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