Oak Bay’s first scooter rodeo aims to keep seniors safer

The Oak Bay Police Department Scooter Rodeo is Thursday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oak Bay’s first scooter rodeo aims to keep seniors safer this week.

“This is the fist time we’ve done it in Oak Bay,” said Sgt. Rob Smith, of the Oak Bay police. “We thought it was a good time to bring it to Oak Bay. As the population ages and looks for alternate modes of transportation it’s a good way for us to remind people how to be safe.”

Using a program model out of Vancouver, the Oak Bay scooter rodeo covers things such as expectations of co-use of sidewalks and crosswalks as well as accessing businesses and buses.

“It’s designed to improve skills and confidence in a controlled atmosphere,” said Sgt. Rob Smith.

Designed for those who operate a mobility scooter, plan to, or just want to join some fun, participants can test their abilities on an obstacle course and garner advice on safe navigation.

Canada Scooters will bring some for those looking at using one in their future.

The Oak Bay Police Department Scooter Rodeo is Thursday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Willows Park parking lot.

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