Community focus on safety

The safety of Collie’s youth on their bikes and scooters was put in focus on Tuesday, October 2, with a bike safety day at the skate park.

About 20 local children turned up to the event, which was organised by Collie Police, Crank’n Cycles, South32 and the Shire of Collie to make sure bike and scooter riders were riding as safely as possible.

Crank’n Cycles owner Erik Mellegers and Senior Constable Dion Jackson spoke to the children about the importance of wearing helmets, while also performing a humorous demonstration of how a bike helmet can limit the impact to the head in the event of a crash.

Mr Mellegers also provided safety and maintenance checks to make sure all the attendees’ bikes and scooters were safe to ride.

There were also a number of competitions and giveaways, with the police handing out new bike helmets and bike locks to those who participated.

The day also included a ride along Collie’s trails before finishing with a sausage sizzle in Central Park.