At Bedford’s Bike Safety Day on Saturday, dozens of young cyclists received free, carefully fitted, brand-new bike helmets. They then field-tested them by negotiating a Bedford Police-designed bike skills and safety mini slalom course. It all happened in just a couple of hours at the Mudge Way parking lot across from the Police Station.

Carrying on the Rotary Club of Bedford’s 40-year legacy of participation in promoting bike helmet safety for the young people of Bedford, Rotarian Arzu LeBlanc took the lead and collaboratively coordinated this year’s Bike Safety Day participation by Bedford Police Department Sergeant Robert Abajian and Officer Justin Brooks, Bedford Recreation Department Assistant Director Nikki Taylor, Jane Kiegel, her colleague at The Residence at Bedford, along with Rotary Club of Bedford Co-Presidents Al Roscoe and Ralph Hammond, and Rotary volunteers Judi Babcock, Paula Gilarde, Lita Verrier and Marc Hamilton.
Enthusiastic to join the bike safety effort, we were joined by 12 volunteers, led by Sandra Perkins from The First Baptist Church of Bedford, including Reverend Kevin Cunningham. They quickly learned the knack of fitting helmets, and a couple of their contingent put their mechanic skills to work helping parents with bike adjustments.

At the end of the morning, about 80 helmets had been given away… much to the delight and happiness of the children and their parents… and assuring that we’ll do it again next year.


Check out lots more photos from the event in our photo album.