Police drop by school in good cause

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 08:17 06/03/2014
mahaliya tito
MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/ Fairfax NZ

Mahaliya Tito gets her helmet checked by school community officer Chris Wiltshire at Temuka Primary school as part of safe cycling education.

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Temuka Primary School students were paid a visit by the police this week to learn about safe cycling.

School community officers Pup Chamberlain and Chris Wiltshire travel around Mid and South Canterbury schools teaching students how to be safe while cycling.

Temuka Primary year five and six teacher Stephen Brady said they run the classes every year as most of the students cycle to school.

The lessons start with theory work, learning basic road rules, including having to obey the speed limit.

The class then undertakes pre-ride checks, making sure their helmets are the right size and the seats of their bikes are properly adjusted, before getting on their bikes and cycling around in a series of exercises.

Mr Chamberlain said there is a lot more traffic on the road now and drivers should be respectful of cyclists.

The school community officers also teach the younger students how to be safe while walking to school.

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- The Timaru Herald

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