Chief of Police
2 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA 01730
For Immediate Release
Friday, June 10, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Pan Mass Challenge Bedford Kids & Teen Ride is June 11
Bedford Police Remind Kids Riding to Cure Cancer to Be Safe
Drivers Reminded of Road Closures
BEDFORD — 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.
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!
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. In addition, 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.
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.
SCHEDULE OF THE DAY:
- 9:00 a.m. – On-Site Registration and bikes placed in groups. If you come to EARLY CHECK-IN on Thursday, take your bike directly to your Route’s Group – you do not need to come to the Registration table.
- 9:30 a.m. – Opening ceremonies
- 9:45 a.m. – Riders sent out by routes in groups of 10-12 with 2-3 volunteer Route Leaders per group.
- 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Riders return
- 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Celebration! Enjoy Food, Snacks, Drinks, Candy, Activities, Music and More!
- 12:00 p.m. (approx) – Raffle will occur once all riders have returned to the Middle School. Tickets will be on sale during the event for $1 each. We have so many great Raffle prizes!
- 1:00 p.m. – End
Stay safe, and plan your route to make sure that your ride on Saturday is a safe one!