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Posted: December 1, 2013

Caught Being Good program in its third year

When two citizens suffered preventable head injuries as a result of riding bicycles without helmets, the Fernie community came together to create a program that would increase awareness and encourage the safe operation of bikes.

(Left to Right) Tammy Ogden, Community Liaison Teck, Erin Mills, Elkford Youth winner, Corporal Gerry Sliworsky, RCMP.
(Left to Right) Tammy Ogden, Community Liaison Teck, Erin Mills, Elkford Youth winner, Corporal Gerry Sliworsky, RCMP.

In 2011 they started the ‘Caught Being Good’ bicycle safety initiative. It was well received and has since expanded to include Sparwood and Elkford.

Throughout the summer local RCMP and firefighters in Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford gave ‘tickets’ to any child or adult who was ‘caught being good’ when riding their bikes and following bike safety rules such as wearing a helmet, obeying traffic signs and using hand signals.

These tickets were entered in a draw at the end of the campaign. An adult and a youth winner were chosen from each community. The youth winners received a gift certificate for sporting goods and the adult winners received gift certificates for an evening out for two.

Teck is proud to sponsor this community safety program.

Prize winners are: Fernie Youth – Michel Bruderlein, Adult – Patrice Oscienny; Sparwood Youth – Nevin Hayward, Adult – Colin Kearley; Elkford Youth – Erin Mills, Adult – Bart Vanrojan.

Submitted by Shannon Parnall/Teck


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