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Bedford City Police Officer Bill Boucher paid the Growing Place a visit on Friday.
Nobody got arrested. The Growing Place is a preschool run by Bedford Baptist Church and one of the city’s bicycle patrol officers stops by every year for a bicycle safety presentation.
“The most important piece of equipment they have is a helmet,” Officer Boucher said, and this is the message he stressed to the children. It was a “do as I do” presentation because Officer Boucher was there with his bicycle, wearing a helmet. He said that head injury is the number one bicycle injury for people who ride without a helmet.
Another point he made is that nobody should ride after dark without a headlight and tail light. They city’s police bicycles are equipped with these and he demonstrated them to the children.
Parents are also an important part of bicycle safety for small children.
“Children this age shouldn’t be out riding without their parents,” he said.