Panago teams up with Hope RCMP

Rewards for those found obeying bicycle rules in Hope

f you received a warning for not wearing a helmet while riding your bicycle, it’s time to invest in one.

Hope RCMP have been out on their bicycles patrolling the downtown area throughout the month of May. They were educating the community and issuing warnings to people specifically for not wearing their helmets while riding their bikes. From now on, however, they say they will be distributing tickets for all bicycle infractions.

But they’ll also be rewarding those who are following the rules.

The owner/operator of the Hope Panago, Sukhi Kang, has donated several $5 Panago pizza gift certificates for the police to distribute to local youths who are abiding by the bicycle laws.

“Some things the Hope RCMP will be looking for will be wearing your helmet and using hand signals,” says Constable Bryan Theoret, of the Hope RCMP.  “If you’re one of the lucky ones observed doing things right, you may find yourself getting a pizza coupon rather than a ticket.”

The Hope RCMP are reminding cyclists that they have the same rights and duties as drivers of vehicles. The cost for no helmet is $29, which is about the same price  as a decent helmet.

“Cycling is fun, healthy, and practical, but make sure you know the rules so you can be safe and remember to always wear your helmet,” says Constable Theoret.  “Did you know it is illegal to cycle in a crosswalk?”