Toward bicycle safety
To the Editor:
On behalf of the Martha's Vineyard Camp-Meeting Association, I want to thank Chief Blake and the Oak Bluffs Police for providing officers to conduct a Bicycle Safety Clinic held at the campground on Saturday (July 10). Officers Trudel and Mendez were fantastic. There were about 30 kids and their parents from different areas of Oak Bluffs who participated. The officers made the kids feel welcome, comfortable, and involved. The officers reviewed basic safety rules, bike equipment and then conducted various activities (obstacle course, slow bike race, etc.). They also did helmet-fitting and reminded children and parents that Massachusetts state law requires all children 16 years of age and under to wear a helmet. They also strongly recommended that everyone, regardless of age, wear a helmet for their own safety.
This was a tremendous community service and the Oak Bluffs Police are to be commended for coordinating this activity. In addition to learning bicycle safety and having fun, it was also a great way for the kids to interact with the police in a friendly, casual environment.
In light of the tragic accident on Tuesday in Vineyard Haven, bicycle safety should be a priority for everyone. The O.B. Police and MVCMA will be conducting another Bike Safety Clinic on Thursday, August 5, at 10 am. All children and parents are welcome and encouraged to attend this important safety event.
The Bike Safety Clinic was a huge success. Kudos to the Oak Bluffs Police, and especially, Officers Trudel and Mendez for providing this valuable and timely safety clinic.