With the weather warming up (kind of) and the summer beginning (kind of) it's totally normal to see Canadians come out of hibernation and spending some time enjoying the outdoors. And after a season of ice storms, chinooks, and state of emergency floods people across the country are definitely itching for a change in weather.
Well one little girl in Calgary named Olivia (Liv) was particularly excited to go outside and learn to ride her bike along side her mom and siblings. However as she was attempting to tackle the rugged roads, she was stopped by a Calgary police officer named Officer Wilhelm and handed a ticket - but it's not what you think.
When the @CalgaryPolice pull over and write a ticket while you're taking the kids for a bike ride. 😁 Such a great idea - Liv was thrilled! And it had the neighbours calling... #yyc pic.twitter.com/ECQSIRl2yf— Angie Thiessen (@angie_thiessen) April 26, 2018
Her mother Angie Thiessen recounts the experience saying:
When the Calgary Police pull over and write a ticket while you're taking the kids for a bike ride. Such a great idea - Liv was thrilled! And it had the neighbours calling... #yyc
It turns out that while the officer did issue Liv a bike riding ticket, it was for being a good citizen. Her punishment includes 2 free admissions into any City Of Calgary recreation faccility or Vivo for Healthier Generations. The ticket also praised her for wearing her helmet while learning to ride her bike.
Not only did her neighbours love these good citizen tickets but the rest of the internet did too.
I love this!!! Fantastic idea @CalgaryPolice I hope you're able to do this in many different neighbourhoods through the city.— kathy (@mamacamaro) April 26, 2018
Awesome!! Well done @CalgaryPolice !!— Jeff Warmerdam (@Jeffwar03) April 26, 2018
I ❤️ our city!!— Louisa (@Louisak81) April 26, 2018
Others are inspired by the partnership that the Calgary Police and the local recreation and fitness programs in the city have; and their progressive thinking in giving good citizens healthy rewards. Many want their local police departments to adopt the same thing.
Am I more impressed with the Calgary PD or Olivia? It’s close, but Olivia gets the edge. Good job, kiddo!!!!@wpgpolice are we doing similar? If not, do it.— Carlene Rummery (@CarleneRummery) April 26, 2018
And of course the Calgary Police Department's official Twitter account had something to say, giving little Olivia a shout out for her model behaviour.
Way to go Olivia!— Calgary Police (@CalgaryPolice) April 26, 2018