Special Const. Susan Caley goes over hand signals with young cyclists who turned out for the Tour de Semiahmoo

Special Const. Susan Caley goes over hand signals with young cyclists who turned out for the Tour de Semiahmoo

Young cyclists learn rules of the road

A pre-Tour de White Rock for aspiring, pint-sized cyclists drew about 100 children to the Semiahmoo Shopping Centre parking lot Thursday.

Charlie Crawford & Ron AllisonA pre-Tour de White Rock for aspiring, pint-sized cyclists drew about 100 children to the Semiahmoo Shopping Centre parking lot Thursday.

Tour de Semiahmoo was organized by the shopping centre with local RCMP. It featured a route for kids to test their knowledge of street rules and hand signals, along with the chance to win a new helmet and bike.

For five-year-old Charlie Crawford, who learned to ride his bike last month, it was a big deal.

“We need to remember,” Charlie said after completing the route under the guidance of a South Surrey Community Policing volunteer, referring to the use of hand signals and being safe on the road.

“This means left, this means right, and when you want to stop, you go like this,” he said, demonstrating each signal.

“You keep your whole hand where you want to go.”

Charlie said Community Policing volunteer Ron Allison “really helped me good.”

Allison was among several volunteers on-hand to help with Tour de Semiahmoo. Representatives from Pedalheads bike camps were also involved, performing helmet checks and adjustments.

The helmet and bike prizes were courtesy of Peninsula Cycles, with the helmet going to seven-year-old Madeline Slofstra, and the bike to six-year-old Lucas Baichwal.