Saddle up for Issaquah bike safety fair Saturday
June 8, 2011
NEW — 4 p.m. June 8, 2011
Learn the importance of safe riding Saturday and Sunday as The Optimist Club of Issaquah & the Eastside hosts free bike safety fairs in Issaquah and Bellevue.
In Issaquah, the fair is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, 555 N.W. Holly St. in Issaquah. In Bellevue, the event is noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Newport Heights Elementary School, 5225 119th Ave. S.E. Call 829-7864 to learn more.
The attractions — geared for children in kindergarten to fifth-grade — include obstacle courses and free bike helmets. For the obstacle course, children who bring bikes can participate and receive free bike tune-ups. Other attractions include bike registrations and face painting, plus adult resources on health, safety, education and recreation.
Participants can receive free helmets while supplies last for children without helmets and families unable to afford a helmet. Issaquah and Bellevue police officers plan to offer helmet fittings.
Organizers also encourage attendees to bring nonperishable food donations for school-age children, such as peanut butter, jams, canned fruit and 100-percent juices, because demand at food banks for such items increases during school breaks.
In Bellevue, Pedbee, the city’s pedestrian safety mascot, plans to take a break from gathering pollen to attend the event. The fair’s emphasis is on teaching children about bike safety, proper equipment, bike handling skills and rules of the road.
In addition to the Optimist Club, sponsors include the Bellevue transportation and police departments, Banic Chiropractic Clinic, Bastyr University, Beacon Plumbing, the city of Issaquah, Click 98.9 Modern Music, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Prevail Credit Union, Sports Authority, The Issaquah Press and Red Robin.