22 | 11 | 2014

Vigilance - Courage - Pride

On your bike!

Stay safe and stay healthy

 

Cycling is an excellent way to get outdoors and get active  and it’s a great family activity. To keep you and your family safe, just follow these easy tips from the Calgary Police Service.

 

Wear a helmet

Alberta law requires anyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet while operating a bicycle or riding in a bicycle seat. The Calgary Police Service recommends that everyone wear a helmet when engaged in activities such as cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading and the like. Parents are responsible for ensuring that anytime their children ride a bike, they are wearing a safety-approved cycling helmet that fits properly.

 

Follow the rules of the road

Cyclists must follow the same rules as drivers while riding on roadways, including obeying all traffic signs and signals. Make sure that you and your children follow these rules:

 

  • Children under 14 are allowed to ride their bikes on the sidewalk in Calgary, but all other cyclists must ride single file along with traffic on the right-hand side of the road.
  • Use the proper hand signals so that other vehicles will know where you’re going.
  • Take extra caution near busy intersections and at the entrances of alleys and driveways.
  • Red lights, stop signs and other traffic signs also apply to bicycles, so make sure that your children know what they mean.
  • Pedestrians always have the right-of-way over bicycles, whether they're on the sidewalk, on a path or at an intersection.
  • All bicycles are required by law to have a bell or horn to be used as a warning device: Always approach a pedestrian with caution and ring the bike's bell as a warning before passing.
  • Bicycles should be in good working condition, with proper safety equipment such as lights and reflectors.
  • Size your bike right: Your toes should touch the ground when you’re on the seat, and the bike should be easy to steer.

 

Enjoy Calgary’s pathways

Calgary’s pathways are open not only to cyclists, but are also for in-line skaters, pedestrians and runners  so it’s important to share the paths with everyone.

 

  • When entering a pathway, yield to users on the path, then move over and ride on the right.
  • Pass on the left and use an audible signal, such as a bell or horn, as a warning.
  • Obey all posted signs and markings along the pathway.

 

For more tips to stay safe while riding on your wheels, including skateboards and in-line skates, visit www.calgarypolice.ca and click on Traffic Safety.

Crime Prevention Delivered To Your Inbox

The Calgary Police Service has gone digital with community crime prevention messages. 

The Service is expanding the Police and Community Awareness Program (PCAP) to include e-mail and text capabilities, and is being rebranded “The Hub”.

Calgarians who want information about crime and other activity in their community can sign up to receive voicemail, email or text alerts as part of The Hub, the new CPS information headquarters.

The system, originally known as the Police and Community Telephone (PACT), has sent approximately 2,700 voicemail messages to Calgarian’s since 1993.

The Hub will alert citizens to important situations such as criminal activity or requests for public assistance in cases such as missing persons. The Hub will also be used for proactive community information such as crime prevention advice, and promotion of community events.

The Hub is another way to connect Calgarians to their communities and to the Calgary Police Service, in our partnership in making Calgary a safer place for us all.

More than 64,000 households and nearly 6,500 businesses subscribed to PCAP. Current subscribers will be required to re-register with the new system in order to keep receiving alerts.

The Hub will also help deliver messages to Calgarians based on several factors including demographics and their geographic location.

To sign up, visit calgarypolice.ca and look for "The Hub".

The Hub is proudly sponsored by Encana.

Regards
Cst. Nick Wilsher #4584
Calgary Police Service
Community Resource Officer
District Two - Zone Two
403-567-6200
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Neighbourhood Crime Alert

Neighbours please be informed that early this morning 1:50am (Thursday, Sept. 26) at 14 Avenue & 24 Street SW,  there was a break in. A resident's truck was broken into and the perpetrator was also seen in the neighbouring backyard. The neighbours noticed him and called 911. The police sent a helicopter and dogs to track him. As of the time of writing this, they haven't caught him yet. Doesn't look like they stole anything from the the residents who notified the police although the perpetrator does appear to have been in their shed and he dumped the stuff he stole in the reporting resident's backyard.

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Reporting Crime and Traffic Concerns Online

Online Crime Reporting

Did you know that you can report certain types of crimes to the Calgary Police Service online? When you use the CPS Citizen Online Report System, you can submit a report about a crime immediately and print a copy of the police report for free.

When you use the quick and easy online reporting system, it can help you by providing reports for your records. It also helps the police to identify and address crime trends in your area.

What can I report online?

The online reporting system currently takes reports about the following crimes, as long as their value is less than $5,000 (Canadian), there’s no known suspect, and the incident happened within Calgary’s city limits:

How do I report a crime online?

To report crime online, go to calgarypolice.ca, and click on “Citizen Online Report System.” 

Follow the screen prompts to fill in the information and submit your report.

When you’re finished, you can print a copy of the police report to keep for your records. Police will review your case, and will contact you if needed.

Traffic Service Requests

A Traffic Service Request deals with persistent traffic violation(s) that are noted by the public in a specific area and that can be expected to re-occur when a responding Officer attends to the complaint. "One Off" complaints where a specific violator or license number can be identified may be referred to 403-266-1234 for appropriate dispatched response.

If contact information is not provided, and pertinent details are missing, there is no guarantee that action will be taken to address the concerns outlined.

A member of the Traffic Section will contact you about your request, to obtain any additional information required and a pre-post contact call from the assigned Officer will inform you of the action taken and results.

Link to Traffic Service Requests

Fellow Community Associations Need Some Supplies - Can you help?

The Federation of Calgary Communities has been working with the Community Associations that have been evacuated but as you might imagine the board members themselves have been evacuated and/or are also victims of the flood themselves.    We are seeing some very devasted homes.  Three of our community associations have suffered extensive damage.  Elboya Community Association was completely flooded to its eaves.  We  had a pumper truck offered by Encana there for the past 24 hours pumping!   Today, we found Elbow Park CA and Rideau/Roxboro CA are underwater as well - the communities are like war zones.  The rest of the community associations are acting as hubs for community life...it is inspiring despite the wreckage.

This afternoon my staff went out to the various communities and while the need for volunteers to help individuals reclaim their homes and to clean streets of muck is still a priority, there is also a need for various supplies to enable the cleanup.  Here is just a sample:

Bowness Community Association asks if you have a special skill to let them know. “If you have a strong back, let us know. If you can answer phones let us know! When are you available? Never fear – We will need YOU! If you have a truck/trailer to haul garbage away let us know.” They also need these items donated: Squeeges, Spray Bottles, Markers, Mops, Mr. Clean etc., Insect Repellent!, Flashlights, Containers w/lids, Garbage Bags, Work Gloves, Heavy duty rubber gloves, Rags, Old Garbage bins for mud, Shovels,Squeeges

 

East Village Community Association needs support for 1500 displaced & low income seniors. They want to create care packages for the seniors when they are able to return home in the coming days or week.  They need:

  • Prepaid debit/credit cards to purchase local supplies of items
  • Gift cards (Safeway, Sobeys COOP, SuperStore, Wal-Mart or Canadian Tire)
  • Cleaning Supplies (garbage bags, paper towels, gloves, masks, cleaning spray)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissue, Q-Tips)
  • Bottled Water
  • Non Perishable food items
  • Easy to prepare food
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Pet Care packages (dog & cat food)
  • Granola bars
  • Magazines/books

You can also help by writing letters, cards, paint pictures and drop a sweet little “hug” into the mail that we can give to our 1200+ East Village residents, many of whom are seniors, when they return. Let them know you’re thinking about them, sending them well wishes and that they are missed. Help impacted flood victims, have you children, your school, church & community groups, and friends & family from all over the world send our seniors some hugs. We will be collecting these cards and thoughtful notes and distributing them in our care packages when our residents are able to return to their homes.

Send donations and letters to:

East Village Hugs C/O Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
429 – 8th Ave. SE
Calgary, AB  T2G 0G1

Hillhurst/Sunnyside Community Association needs the following items: Large Rubbermaid containers, Crow bars, Shovels, Wet/Dry Vac, Fans, Flashlights, Dehumidifiers and Roasting trays.  Please contact Lisa at 403-542-0007 or drop off at the Hillhurst/Sunnyside Community Association at 1320 5 Avenue NW

Erlton Community Association can use volunteer help. If you have a team to provide to Earlton Community Association, please contact Kirt van der Woude at 403) 585-9392 or email here. Also if any businesses or organizations are interested in making donations of gift cards, goods or services in kind, please let Kirt know.

If your community association or if individuals would like to help, please contact the specific community association and let me know. As well, please let us know so we can make sure to update the "Needs" and "Offers" list which is located here.

If you are strapped for time but would like to donate supplies, you can purchase a gift card from Home Depot or Walmart or if you make a cash donation  to the Federation (we can't provide a tax receipt nor can we take a donation if your organization is a charity) my staff would be happy to pick up supplies and deliver them to a community of your choice.

Thank you in advance for what you can do....every little bit helps out.

P.S.  We hope that in the coming days we will be able to also post larger volunteer projects that are more organized, however, right now if you want to volunteer go to the hard hit areas and BE PART OF IT! or check out YYChelps for specific projects (we have just posted 2 - one for Elbow Park and one for Rideau/Roxboro - they should be live by tomorrow).  Calgarians affected by the flood need your support.  Be safe and act responsibility. BEFORE YOU VOLUNTEER, read the City of Calgary’s Flood Awareness Booklet, namely pages 14 – 21 for some helpful advice.

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