For Immediate Release | June 07, 2019
RCMP - Ring the Bell on Bike Safety
St. Albert RCMP are leading the way on increasing safety on the trails in the city. St. Albert RCMP have noted that there have been two types of concerns reported over recent years in regards to bicycles on the trails and bicycle safety. The first concern is that each year multiple reports are received about bicycles being stolen in St. Albert. Each summer, the Detachment also recovers numerous bikes that are found abandoned throughout the city.
The second concern raised by people who walk or run on the trails is that some cyclists do not ring their bells when they approach pedestrians. Using their bike bell is a simple courtesy cyclists can do that allows people to feel safe on the trails. And, in Alberta, it is the law to have a horn or bell on a bicycle.
Section 60 of the Vehicle Equipment Regulation of the Alberta Traffic Safety Act says “A motor vehicle, power bicycle and bicycle must have a horn or bell.” Not having a horn or a bell may cost cyclists $78.00 in fines each time they ride without one.
Therefore, as part of the #9PMRoutine project that encourages everyone to lock up their property and reduce property crime, St. Albert RCMP are introducing the “Ring the Bell” on Bike Safety campaign. Cyclists will be expected to:
- have a bell or a horn on their bike
- lock up their bike when it is not being ridden, and
- record the make, model and serial number of their bike and store it in a safe location.
“Practice safe and courteous cycling”, says Inspector Pam Robinson, Officer in Charge of St. Albert Detachment. “Slow down and ring the bell to let pedestrians know you are coming. Then lock your bike up when you are done riding and keep the serial number at home. Crime Reduction is that simple.”
It’s 9PM. Cyclists, have you locked up your bike? Have you removed your valuables, and locked up your vehicles? #9PMRoutine.
Cst. Geoff McKay shows the RCMP "Lock It Up" bike bell that he is installing on a bike.
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