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Road safety community presentations are a great way to provide interactive road safety education and awareness. Presentations and education programs are available throughout Manitoba, free of charge.

To register or inquire about a community presentation, please fill out the Contact Community Relations form.

We offer live, interactive presentations ranging from 30 to 60 minutes on a variety of topics, which are outlined below. Virtual presentations are offered via MS Teams or Webex and can be held at various times during the week. All presentations are designed to help Manitobans gain the knowledge and awareness they need to protect themselves and others.

All in-person presentations are currently on hold due to COVID-19.

If we are unable to fulfill your presentation request due to scheduling or availability of resources, we will work with you to provide the educational materials your group needs.

Virtual presentations

Virtual presentations include:

  • Winter Driving
  • Impaired and Distracted Driving
  • Car Seats and Seatbelts
  • New to Manitoba and MPI
  • Cycling
  • Children and youth presentations: I Cycle Safely and Bike Safe

Winter Driving

Manitoba winters can pose a challenging driving environment. Our Winter Driving safety presentation reviews winter driving hazards that we as Manitobans must navigate for up to six months of the year.

Target audience: Licensed drivers

Presentation length: 45 minutes

Impaired and Distracted Driving

Nearly 100 Manitobans die on Manitoba roads each year. Distracted and impaired driving cause roughly 60 per cent of these deaths.

This presentation:

  • Informs participants about how alcohol and drugs affect driving abilities and behaviours.
  • Shares statistics that show the most dangerous and preventable driving distraction is using a hand-held electronic device.
  • Reviews the different impaired and distracted driving penalties and how much they can cost a driver.

Target audience: Licensed drivers, young drivers

Presentation length: 45 minutes

Car Seats and Seatbelts

The four different stages of car seats are reviewed along with instruction about where to safely place them in the vehicle, how to secure a child in the car seat and how to identify if a child has outgrown their seat. This presentation is perfect for parent and baby groups, daycare staff and anyone who will transport children in their vehicle.

Target audience: Parents, grandparents and people who transport children

Presentation length: 30-45 minutes

New to Manitoba and MPI

This presentation is geared to those who may have relocated to Manitoba, and are less familiar with public auto insurance and driving in winter weather conditions. The presentation can be tailored to meet the audience’s needs – we can review the basic requirements for licensing and insurance, as well as various road safety topics, including: pedestrian & cycling safety, car seat and seatbelt use, distracted and impaired driving, and winter driving safety. Groups can chose all or some of these topics, depending on the needs of their participants.

Target audience: New drivers, new Manitobans or any licensed driver.

Presentation length: 45-60 minutes

Cycling

This general cycling safety presentation provides an overview of cycling safety and best practices, the benefits of cycling and the basics of cycling in traffic. We also review topics such as the proper size and fit of bike, use of safety equipment such as helmets, hand signals and the importance of communicating with other road users, and safe use of bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure.

Target audience: Can be modified for all age groups

Presentation length: 30-45 minutes

Children and youth

Teach young people about bike safety with the following presentations delivered by our Community Relations team.

I Cycle Safely (for ages 3 to 12)

Prepare young children to ride safely. This 30-45-minute presentation is perfect for school classes, daycares and community groups. It is recommended children have bike helmets on hand for the session (bikes are not required). Available as a virtual online session, or in-person after COVID restrictions are lifted.

Bike Safe (for tweens and teens)

A great way to teach older kids to learn about the benefits of cycling and the basics of cycling in traffic. This presentation is ideal for middle schools, high schools, and community groups. It is recommended children have bike helmets on hand for the session (bikes are not required). The presentation runs 30 – 45 minutes. Available as a virtual online session, or in-person after COVID restrictions are lifted.

In-person presentations

All in person presentations are currently on-hold due to COVID-19.

In-person presentations include:

  • DRIVR-X – Choose Your Reality: This virtual-reality experience demonstrates the power of choice for young drivers. Available year-round.
  • Cycle Safely Bike Rodeo: Children are instructed on the rules of the road, followed by riding skills exercises. Available May – August.
  • Bike It!: A half-day cycling safety course for people who commute to/from work or school via bicycle.
  • Cycling Champions: A full-day cycling safety course that gives you the knowledge to teach others in your community.
  • Children and youth presentations: I Cycle Safely and Bike Safe

See more information below, including any space or technical requirements that must be met to host specific in-person presentations.

Don't see the road safety topic you’re interested in? Contact us to talk to a Community Relations Specialist.

DRIVR-X – Choose Your Reality

Research shows that young drivers are consistently over-represented in collisions related to distracted driving, impaired driving and speeding. With the help of leading edge virtual reality (VR) technology, Manitoba Public Insurance has created an experience that addresses critical road safety issues for young drivers in Manitoba.

The DRIVR-X virtual reality experience demonstrates the power of choice in a fun, interactive story that is driven by the participant. With multiple story lines and outcomes, you decide what happens next. Watch the promotional video here.

Target audience: High school students and young adults, ages 15-26.

Duration: Each participant will be immersed in the VR experience for approximately five to eight minutes.

What you need to host DRIVR-X

Full set-up (3 units):

  • nearby electrical outlet
  • 20'x20' space with room to move around (we recommend a gymnasium)
  • ramp access (everything is on wheels and needs to be wheeled to the location)
  • a debrief area where participants can reflect on the experience

Half set-up (2 units):

  • nearby electrical outlet
  • 10'x20' space with room for participants to move around (such as a lunchroom or gymnasium)
  • ramp access (everything is on wheels and needs to be wheeled to the location)

Single quadrant (1 unit):

  • nearby electrical outlet
  • 10'x10' space with room for participants to move around (such as a classroom or lunchroom)
  • ramp access (everything is on wheels and needs to be wheeled to the location)

Bookings are currently unavailable.

Cycle Safely Bike Rodeo

This interactive presentation teaches children about bicycle safety, and is great for school classes and other large groups. The rodeo consists of 30 minutes of theory and 30 minutes of riding on a course. Students learn the rules of the road and practice riding skills such as turning, braking, signaling and recognizing road sides.

Target audience: Ages 6-10.

Duration: One hour total.

What you need to host a bike rodeo:

  • A minimum of 30 students are required. If more than one class or group of children is participating, one theory presentation will be scheduled for the entire group. The children will then be scheduled for the practical course by grade or in groups of 25 to 30.
  • Two spaces are required. Theory component: A quiet, indoor area, such as a gym, multipurpose room, library or classroom, suitable for the number of participants. Practical component: An outdoor paved area 90 feet x 90 feet (approximately the size of a basketball court) is preferred. A grass surface is not sufficient. In case of rain, the practical course can be set up in a gym/indoor community centre or arena.
  • Each child must provide their own bicycle or be able to share with another participant. We suggest grouping children with a partner of the same height. Note: at least half the students need to bring a bike for the rodeo to be successful.
  • It’s the law in Manitoba that anyone under 18 must wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet while cycling. Helmets are mandatory for all children participating in the practical course.
  • A teacher/organizer must be present to supervise the children.

Bookings are currently unavailable.

Bike It!

This cycling safety course includes cycling theory and on-road lessons to give you a clear overview of cycling safety and best practices. The course is perfect for those who commute to work or cycle on busy roadways.

Target audience: Cycling commuters and safe cycling enthusiasts ages 16 and up.

Duration: Four hours.

Workshops are available from early spring into the late fall (April to October), weather permitting. You can organize a session for a group of coworkers – custom dates and times can also be scheduled for groups of six or more. Bookings are currently unavailable.

Cycling Champions

If you are looking to become a leader in cycling safety, the Cycling Champions workshop may be for you. This course gives you instruction to become a 'cycling champion' and educate others in your community. As a cycling champion you’ll be empowered to deliver your own safety presentations to your peers at school, work or community groups.

On completion of this one-day workshop, all the materials required to deliver a cycling presentation are provided to you at no charge. This includes a ready-made presentation kit that contains a facilitator's guide with speaking notes and PowerPoint presentations geared towards both children and adults.

Duration: Full-day workshop to prepare you to deliver cycling-safety presentations. Includes four hours in the classroom and four hours gaining hands-on riding experience.

During the session, you will learn:

  • The proper size and fit of bike.
  • Use of safety equipment such as helmets.
  • Skills to recognize and avoid road hazards and dangerous situations.
  • Strategies on how to safely ride in traffic.
  • Safe use of bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure.

Workshops are available from early spring into the late fall (April to October), weather permitting. Workshop times typically run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Custom dates and times can also be scheduled for groups of six or more potential champions. Bookings are currently unavailable.

Children and youth

Teach young people about bike safety with the following presentations delivered by our Community Relations team.

I Cycle Safely (for ages 3 to 12)

Prepare young children to ride safely. This 30-45-minute presentation is perfect for school classes, daycares and community groups. It is recommended children have bike helmets on hand for the session (bikes are not required). Available as a virtual online session, or in-person after COVID restrictions are lifted.

Bike Safe (for tweens and teens)

A great way to teach older kids to learn about the benefits of cycling and the basics of cycling in traffic. This presentation is ideal for middle schools, high schools, and community groups. It is recommended children have bike helmets on hand for the session (bikes are not required). The presentation runs 30 – 45 minutes. Available as a virtual online session, or in-person after COVID restrictions are lifted.