June 30, 2017
On Saturday June 17, 2017, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office hosted its first annual Bike Rodeo for Kids. The event was held at the Bedford Elementary School. Fourteen children participated in the event. Each child received a new safety helmet and a bike safety inspection. The event was designed to educate children on the importance of bicycle safety and proper riding habits. Participants went through a series of riding courses to improve their control and safe riding ability. Several children even showed up with training wheels and left without them. The training was conducted by Bike Patrol Officers from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Bedford Police Department and Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The Virginia State Police also assisted with the training.
Thanks to the generosity of Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital, Upper Crust Pizza, Bedford Community Health Foundation, Blackwater Bike Shop, Bank of the James, Updike Funeral Home, Select Bank, Bedford County Farm Bureau, Walmart and the Safe Surfin’ Foundation this event was a total success and planning for next year’s event is underway.