In the spirit of the Ashcroft Stampede & Rodeo, some of our local RCMP members came to the Thompson View Lodge to hold a “Scooter Rodeo” for tenants of the Thompson View Lodge & Manor on June 17.
Constable Patti Evans, Cst. Marie Gagnon, and Cst, Clover Johns were very generous to come down and spend the morning with us.
The officers began by giving us safety tips on scooter use. It was good to get safety advice from the professionals.
We learned that wearing a helmet is not mandatory, but that it is certainly recommended – it was good that we all learned something new!
We also found out that a person on a scooter is considered a pedestrian, and so very different rules apply than if a person was driving a car or even riding a bicycle. Several of us have had experiences with drivers of cars and pedestrians expressing annoyance with us riding on sidewalks or on the margins of roads, and yet this is exactly where we are supposed to ride.
This is perhaps good information for everyone, not just scooter drivers!
After the safety speech, the constables set up a course of pylons in the parking lot and first led us through and then had us drive through independently.
Tenants from the Lodge and Manor, Thomas Knowles, Mildred Clarke, Don Munro, Flo Berry and Jim Gyoba all commented on having really enjoyed themselves.
We send out a big “thank you” to our RCMP for helping us to stay safe!