Learning Rules of Road

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 9:58 a.m. May 8, 2014

As an elementary school student, Peter DeQuintal recalled the fun times he had when officers from 14 Division visited for bike rodeos with students.

A man in TPS unifrom in front of a large group of children on bicycles
Sergeant Martin Levesque speaks to kids before they take to the course

“I always thought it was a great program; we all relished it,” he said, of his fellow students.

Now a police constable at12 Division, DeQuintal created a rodeo for young people in his Division.

The inaugural event took place on May 2 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Elementary School.

“When I first proposed the idea to the school, the administration was extremely receptive,” he said. “My whole goal is to get kids to ride bikes and do so in a very safe manner.”

A man in TPS uniform points towards pylons beside a group of children on bikes as other adults look on
Constable Upkar Mann gives directions to kids about to try the obstacle course

I love this... I have ridden before, but it’s nice to be with my schoolmates and the police officers who are teaching us how to bike safely

A man in TPS uniform with a girl on a bicycle
Constable Peter De Quintal and Grade Five student Ilanna Dezulinski

With the assistance of 12 Division colleagues and Auxiliary officers, the grade four and five students engaged in several fun activities, including obstacle courses to help develop skills on two wheels as well as adhere to the rules of the road.

“I love this,” said Grade Five student Ilanna Dezulinski. “I have ridden before, but it’s nice to be with my schoolmates and the police officers who are teaching us how to bike safely.”

DeQuintal explained said the kids are at the right age to be taught about safety.

“They are still getting used to a bicycle, so we can get them to gain confidence and knowledge of the rules of the road in a fun environment,” he added.

DeQuintal hopes to do bike rodeos in other schools in the Division.

A man in TPS uniform holding a bike in front of a group of children
Constable Richard White demonstrates proper cycling techniques in the school gym
TPS crest watermark