January 26, 2021

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Nov. 23 (UPI) — Officials in a Canadian town are posting signs with a very important instruction for local drivers: “Do not let moose lick your car.”

The signs, posted in Jasper, Alberta, ask drivers to keep their vehicles a safe distance from moose to make sure the animals don’t get a taste of the road salt that inevitably ends up covering the sides of cars driving through the alpine town.

“They’re obsessed with salt, it’s one of the things they need for the minerals in their body,” Jasper National Park spokesman Steve Young told CNN. “They usually get it from salt lakes in the park, but now they realized they can also get road salt that splashes onto cars.”

Young said letting moose discover that they can get salt from licking vehicles causes the animals to lose their fear of cars, which can lead to dangerous incidents on the road.

“Moose and cars are not a good mix. If you hit the moose with your car, you take the legs out from under it and it’s going through your windshield,” Young said.

He said people should keep their cars, and themselves, a safe distance away from moose. He said the population of moose has been rising in the area.

“We’ve been seeing a lot more moose lately. The wolf population is decreasing, which means there’s fewer predators and the moose population is going up as a result,” Young said. “This also means people need to be respectful and give them space.”

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We are an entirely volunteer run, not-for-profit organisation founded to encourage cycling by making low cost bicycle maintenance available to all.

Welcome to Reading Bicycle Kitchen, a we-help-you-fix-it bicycle workshop where you are in charge. Whether you have a bike that’s been sitting in the garage for years and you want to get cycling again, or just need some advice and access to tools then you have come to the right place. 

Regular sessions at the Queen’s Arms

every Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

The Queen’s Arms (New Beginnings) Great Knollys Street, RG1 7HL .

Between the Reading Bus depot and the Farmers market

We have 5 fully equipped work stands and lots of enthusiastic volunteers to help you. It’s held in a room at the back of the building in a safe and dry environment. Please use the signed side entrance. Map: http://bit.ly/2ujMbVY

BIKE DONATIONS

If you have a bike, in reasonable condition, that we can (with a bit of work) pass on to a deserving new owner, then we would be very grateful. Some bikes will be reconditioned and donated to people in need. We can also accept used D locks so people given donated bicycles can keep them safe. Other bicycles will be refurbished, safety checked, then recycled to grateful new owners and the proceeds used to support the project.

RBK have provided bicycles for the homeless, children’s homes, refugees and Berkshire Woman’s Aid. We also recycle donated bikes to make low cost bicycles available to everyone and encourage cycling in the town.

If you have something that may fit the bill, please email us: [email protected]

PRICES

We keep prices as low as possible, for a small job that takes under 30 minutes it’s £3.00, otherwise it’s just £5 an hour. If you’re not earning, bring along some evidence and we’ll not charge you for your session

RECYCLING USED INNER TUBES

We collect and recycle used inner tubes (Not slime tubes) through Cycle of Good. Please drop them off to us only on Saturdays in the Queen’s Arms.

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