It’s a Snoqualmie Valley tradition that draws thousands of parents and children to Snoqualmie Community Park each June: The Tanner Jeans Memorial Bike Safety Rodeo. And this year that tradition is adding a date and expanding to North Bend.
Founded out of the tragic loss of 7-year old Tanner Jeans while riding his bike in 2004, the annual event presented by the Snoqualmie Police Department strives to teach local children important bike safety lessons. In its 11 years, the Tanner Jeans Bike Safety Rodeo has grown to be the largest bike safety event in the Pacific Northwest.
The 11th annual Tanner Jeans Bike Safety Rodeo happens Saturday, June 13, 2015, from 11AM – 3PM. Then on Sunday, June 14th, the Snoqualmie Police Department will bring the Bike Safety Rodeo to Torguson Park, 750 E. North Bend Way, from 11AM – 3PM.
Bringing the event to the North Bend community was a goal of Police Chief Steve McCulley when the Snoqualmie Police Department began providing police services to North Bend in 2014.
Both Bike Safety Rodeos are FREE events where police officers provide bike safety instruction and offer bike obstacle courses. Single Track Cycle will inspect kids’ bikes. Local firefighters will do bike helmet inspections and provide free replacement helmets if needed.
The community event also features live music from local kid band Locomotive, Legends Classic Car Show, bouncy houses, face painters – and plenty of food and beverages.
The popular event couldn’t happen without sponsorship from the cities of North Bend and Snoqualmie, the Snoqualmie Fire Department, Eastside Fire & Rescue, Compass Outdoor Adventures, Talking Rain, Costco, Single Track Cycle, Legends Classic Car Club, Pepperidge Farms, Snoqualmie Ridge Storage & Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, and Tim’s Cascade Snacks.