In an attempt to increase public safety as well as increase exposure to the city's trail system, the RCMP in Nanaimo will be handing out 500 bicycle bells:
- The idea behind the bells is for cyclists to ring them as they approach people walking on any of the city's trails.
"It's a safety measure and also just common courtesy," said Damon Johnston, a recreation co-ordinator with parks, recreation and culture.
"We thought it was a good idea to be involved from a safety aspect as today's bikes are so fast and quiet compared to bicycles in the past," said Nanaimo RCMP spokesman Const. Gary O'Brien. "We are hoping that by having people ringing the bells as they approach walkers or joggers, they will alert them of their presence so that they are not alarmed when the cyclist goes by them."