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Free bike safety class teaches children how to stay safe on two wheels

The group "Eugene Safe Routes to School" put on a free bike safety class Saturday at Emerald Park. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. -- Warmer weather means more bicyclists are hitting the roads in Eugene, and safety experts want to keep our youngest bikers out of harm's way.

The group "Eugene Safe Routes to School" put on a free bike safety class Saturday at Emerald Park.

About a dozen school children and their parents practiced helmet fitting, bike locking, and bike drills.

Organizers say it's vital for families to learn basic bike traffic skills.

"A lot of parents don't feel comfortable enough biking themselves to be able to teach their kids how to do it safely, so this is an opportunity for parents to learn the rules themselves so that they can better their kids be safe while they are out on the roads," said program coordinator Sarah Mazze.

There will be another bike safety class for Spanish speaking families June 3 at El Camino/Del Rio Elementary School in Eugene.

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