Information and news coverage is already coming in from the various toy runs held this past weekend.

The Edmonton Toy Run was a resounding success by all reports - Mother Nature cooperated and 5,000 riders came out to support the 630 CHED's Santa's Anonymous Campaign. George Billings of the Edmonton branch of the Alberta Safety Council was very pleased with the turn out and said that the Edmonton Police were not a problem, in spite of the Motorcycle Only Noise Bylaw.

The Grande Prairie Toys for Tots Parade, while still a success, was far smaller this year than in previous ones. In the past the Toy Run has seen upwards of 700 riders come out, this year that number was somewhere around 200.  Last year's toy run and the fact that the RCMP wouldn't block intersections or allow the Toys for Tots group to block intersections making the event very unsafe, and the fact that there was an exceedingly heavy presence of RCMP and a check stop at the top of the park, are contributing factors to the run being poorly attended this year. The weather was also cool here in Grande Prairie and that no doubt also played it's roll in seeing lower numbers.
GP Toy Run - not many bikes

But lots of spectators!
The Toy Run was a very short one, but did have a police escort this year. The parade travelled from Muskoseepi Park to 100 St, turned left and went straight to the Army, Navy & Airforce Veterans Club. The police were, unlike past years, friendly, polite and helpful so I guess the smaller parade route is a small price to pay for some much needed cooperation.

In Prince George BC the toy run was a record breaker this year as Mother Nature cooperated and a record numbers of riders turned out!  

In Nevada, there was a shooting at a casino in Sparks that left Jeffrey Pettigrew, 51, president of the San Jose, California, chapter of the Hell's Angels, dead and two members of the Vagos in hospital.  A fellow Hells Angels member is currently in custody because he was caught on video firing a weapon, however police have not charged him with anything but weapons possession offences as they have no proof that the bullets fired by the member hit any of those injured or killed.

In England, bikers took to the M1 to protest proposed EU laws that will hold motorcyclists to different standard than other road users. In all 67 protest rides took place around England yesterday.

There is also a report out of Edmonton AB that 2 riders are in hospital after a crash.

That's what we know so far about this past weekend, for the news as it comes in visit , where we scour the news so you don't have to!

Don't forget to order you charity calendars folks - when ordering cuts off on October 31st - that is it - there will be none available for sale outside of the pre sales so...

If you are a lucky dawg and riding today, please ride like everyone around you is blind and can not see you.

Until tomorrow,

Belt Drive betty
Editor & Rider

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