On a sunny Sunday, Sept. 10, afternoon, the Beaverton City Park was filled with people of all ages who were ready to roll at the annual Bike Beaverton event that promotes bicycle fun and safety.
More than 300 people attended Bike Beaverton. Volunteers handed out 101 new helmets for free and adjusted quite a few bike participates helmets, according to Rachael Wilde, educational outreach coordinator. "It was a great event," Wilde said. "Our board members and volunteers are grateful to be a part of this great community event."
Wilde added that people should get new helmets every one to two years. People who have been in a crash should replace helmets immediately.
The first 300 people to participate received free T-shirts at the event.
Wilde was joined at the helmet distribution booth by her son Angus, 12, who said he likes helping other kids to be safe on the road.
Heather Kahnert of Beaverton watched as her two sons and husband participated in a course set up by the Beaverton Police.
"This is something we can do as a family." Kahnert said it is kind of uncommon that her sons, 7 and 12 years old, find an activity they both like. She said their family rides bicycles together often.
Fadhel, Hadeel, Farah, Jood and Sarah Aljubouri of Beaverton came to Bike Beaverton as a family because they enjoyed the event so much the previous year. The husband and wife also ride bicycles with their three daughters often. They consider the event a great place to learn about safety and also have fun.
Five Beaverton Police officers were at the event that featured a bike rodeo, which hosted a steady stream of riders of all ages. Also featured at the event was a family bike ride followed by frozen treats.
Beaverton Police Officer Doc Coulson said the weather was perfect for the event and there was an excellent turnout.
The event was sponsored by the Beaverton Bicycle Advisory Committee.