With the school year about to end and cycling season in the offing, two events this weekend provide a great opportunity for kids to learn a little bike safety while they have a lot of family fun.
An Optimist Club Bike Safety Fair will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, 555 NW Holly St. in Issaquah. A second fair takes place 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday at Lake Hills Elementary School, 14310 SE 12th St. in Bellevue.
Both events are for children in kindergarten to fifth grade, but they must bring their own bicycles. Free attractions at the safety fairs will include:
- Bike safety: A bicycle obstacle course, bike safety tips, bike and helmet inspections and bike tune-ups.
- Gear and goodies: Bike helmets for children who don't already have one -- ONLY while supplies last. Also, prizes, face painting, caricatures and goodie bags.
- At the Safety Fair in Bellevue: Bellevue Police officers will be on hand to help, a Bellevue Transportation Department booth will have information on pedestrian safety and PedBee, the city's pedestrian safety mascot, will make a special appearance.
- Food Drive: Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations for families in the community who need help.
This is the third year the local branch of Optimist International has presented bike safety fairs on the Eastside. The presenting sponsors of this year's event are Overlake Hospital Medical Center and Washington Imaging Services.
Other support comes from Banic Chiropractic Clinic, Beacon Plumbing, Cascade Bicycle Club, Bellevue, Issaquah, The Issaquah Press, Joe's Sports Outdoor & More, 98.9 KWJZ, Outdoors for All Foundation, Pediatric Dental Group, Prevail Credit Union and REI.
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