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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Bike safety fairs this weekend

Pedbee, Transportation's safety mascot, takes a ride at the 2008 bike rodeo.The Optimist Club of Issaquah and the Eastside will hold bike safety fairs this weekend, in Issaquah Saturday and in Bellevue, at Lake Hills Elementary School, on Sunday.

The Optimist Club's fourth annual Bike Safety Fair teaches children the importance of rider safety and provides a fun outing for families.

The first safety fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, 555 N.W. Holly St., off Newport Way, in Issaquah. A second fair is from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 14, at Lake Hills Elementary School, 14310 SE 12th St.

Both events are for children in kindergarten to fifth grade. 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. Children must bring their own bikes to participate in the obstacle course.
  • Gear and goodies: Free bike helmets for children who don’t already have one -- ONLY while supplies last. Also, prizes, crafts, face painting and goodie bags.
  • PedBee (in Bellevue only): Bellevue Police officers will be on hand for helmet fittings, a Transportation Department booth will have information on pedestrian safety, and PedBee, the city’s pedestrian safety mascot, will buzz in for the event.
  • Food Drive: Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations, especially items for school-age children, such as peanut butter, jams or jellies, applesauce, canned fruit and 100-percent juices.

Sponsors of the safety fairs include: Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Washington Imaging Services, Optimist International, Prevail Credit Union, 98.9 KWJZ, City of Bellevue, City of Issaquah, Beacon Plumbing, Gregg's Cycle, Banic Chiropractic, Huntington Learning Center, The Issaquah Press, Sammamish Review, Red Robin, Huntington Learning Center, Eastside Pediatric Dental Group, Forest Ridge School and The Girl Scouts.

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