Middle Park School Students Learn About Bicycle Safety

Photo credit: State of Queensland (Queensland Police Service) 2019 / mypolice.qld.gov.au

As part of Queensland Road Safety Week, officers and Volunteers in Policing (ViP’s) from Mt Ommaney hosted two events at the Darra BMX track to educate cyclists, including Middle Park students, on road safety last 30 August 2019.

Police spoke to riders and educated them on the proper way to wear helmets. Volunteers also engraved community member’s bikes and scooters which will make it easier for the police to return the item if it gets stolen or lost.

Photo credit: State of Queensland (Queensland Police Service) 2019 / mypolice.qld.gov.au

“Our officers enjoyed speaking with riders and even got to try out the BMX track which we all agree is an awesome facility,” reports Senior Constable Ben Harm.

The other half of the program involved a bike safety course for Middle Park School  students which taught kids skills like hand signals, balancing, learning road signs, and emergency stopping. The bike safety course has been run at local primary schools over the last four years now and has been participated by more than 700 students. 

“Police are encouraging more students to ride their bicycles to school to lead more active lifestyles and reduce cars and congestion on our roads in school zones.

“The kids at Middle Park had lost of fun and wanted us to come back next week to run the course again!”

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About Queensland Road Safety Week 2019

Photo credit: State of Queensland (Queensland Police Service) 2019 / mypolice.qld.gov.au

Queensland Road Safety Week (QRSW) was held from 26 to 30 August 2019. QRSW is now in its fifth year with more than 500 events held across Queensland, encouraging locals to make road safety their first and foremost priority.

Activities held throughout the week included bike safety workshops for kids, as well as caravan inspections for grey nomads. QRSW 2019 was made possible through the joint  effort of the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Police Service and support from various organisations including Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC), CARRS-Q, RACQ, Queensland Cricket, and local groups including PCYC, local councils, schools and many others.