Media Release
Media Release
Press Contact: Zandra Lee, Public Health PIO, (510) 981-5356

FREE BIKE HELMETS, CARNIVAL GAMES, CLOWNS AND MORE
The 2009 Berkeley Family Festival and Bike Rodeo Delivers Fun For the Whole Family

Berkeley, California (Monday, June 15, 2009) - Although Sunday may be reserved for Dad, Saturday is the day for the whole family to visit the Seventh Annual Berkeley Family Festival and Bike Rodeo.

WHAT: Berkeley Family Festival and Bike Rodeo: a community fair and bike safety festival

WHEN: Saturday June 20, 2009, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: San Pablo Park & Frances Albrier Community Center
              2800 Park St (at Oregon) Berkeley, CA

WHO: Kids and their families

As in previous years, each child will be fitted and given a free bike helmet after participation in a fun and interactive safety seminar.

"The festival was a great opportunity for my daughter to practice her bike safety skills," said Lysa Samuel, mother of a kindergartener at Malcolm X. "Plus, we got to ride the bike blender, eat healthy snacks and watch the clowns perform-- what a fun day in the park!"

In addition to prizes and games, the event includes a mock-city obstacle course for kids to improve their bike riding skills, face painting, bike maintenance stations, The Prescott Circus and games from the Conscious Carnival. For parents, the City of Berkeley will offer free blood pressure screenings and nutrition and safety information for their children.

The Annual Bike Rodeo first debuted in 2003 to promote children's health and bike safety. Last year almost 200 kids were fitted with new helmets and participated in educational games. That number is expected to double this year, and there will still be enough helmets for all kids who participate.

The Berkeley Family Festival and Bike Rodeo is sponsored by the City of Berkeley Injury Prevention & Chronic Disease Prevention Programs.  Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For questions or special accommodations at the event, please contact Amy Ranger at aranger@cityofberkeley.info or call 510-981-5326 (day of: 510-435-3050).

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