Family Bike Day: Smoothies, Rodeo and Tuneups

Head over to Santa Rita School Saturday, 10 to 1 p.m., if you missed Friday's fun and safety event at Oak School,

What was more popular Friday afternoon, the pedal-your-own smoothie, or climbing the fake rock wall? 

It probably doesn't matter, since there was ample time to do that, and more, a few times during the three-hour Family Fun event at Oak School in south Los Altos Friday.

The City of Los Altos, GreenTown Los Altos and the Los Altos Police Department sponsored the bike safety event. Bike and traffic safety has been an abiding concern as more kids ride to school, and busy streets present more hazards.

The family community event features a traffic safety obstacle rodeo course for children, bike skill stations, rock climbing wall, bike and helmet inspection.

Safe Moves, based in the Los Angeles area, brought its safety program, complete with 25-foot-rock-climbing wall and safety instructors. Why rock-climbing? It teaches that safety belts—part of the climbing harness—are really important for safety. A free fall from the top of the climbing wall would be the same as getting in an accident driving 30 miles per hour with no seat belt, said traffic safety instructor Jimmy Banuelos. Besides, it's a kid-magnet.

And then there was the pedal-your-own smoothie station. A blender, mounted on a contraption that harnessed the power of one's own pedaling was a big hit. Kids lined up to try their pedaling to make a strawberry banana smoothie. Pedal too slowly and you had icy chunks in your not-so-smoothie. Pedal faster and it got smoothie-r.

Mechanics from and gave quick tune-up and pumped up tires with air. 

Look like fun? Come to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., for a second family fun day.


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