Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department
Police Chief Robert Bongiorno would like to remind drivers on town streets and riders in the annual Pan-Mass Challenge Bedford Kids and Teen Ride on Saturday, June 11, to be safe while they ride to victory over cancer. “We want all riders, spectators, and families attending the annual Pan-Mass Challenge Bedford Kids and Teen Ride to have a safe and enjoyable experience,” Chief Bongiorno said.
Road Closures for PMC Kids Ride on June 11
Railroad Avenue and McMahon Road will be closed from 9:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. for the occasion. For the safety of the riders, there will be no parking allowed on either side of Railroad Avenue or in the side Middle School parking lot where the event is held. Parking is available at the High School and Depot Park. You can drop your kids and bikes off at the Middle School parking lot and then park or park and ride your bikes up! We appreciate your cooperation and ask that you arrive on time.
Safety on the Roads
More than 450 kids from Bedford and the surrounding communities will be coming together at John Glenn Middle School to participate in this annual event, with money raised going to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and its Jimmy Fund. All kid riders will be put in a group with 10-12 other kids and an adult volunteer.
Drivers on town roads are reminded to watch, slow down and be patient for the kids who have raised nearly $1 million with sponsors, in the past 12 years to fight back against a disease that affects so many.
Every rider is sure to have fun when abiding by a few safety guidelines such as:
- riding a route that is right for your abilities,
- riding slowly, being aware of traffic on town roads, riding on the correct side of the road and on sidewalks when noted,
- staying with your group,
- and telling riders behind you your intentions.
- And of course – make sure you wear a helmet that fits!
Stay safe, and plan your route to make sure that your ride on Saturday is a safe one!