D.A.R.E. Bicycle Safety and Fun Ride
On Tuesday, June 05, 2012, members of the Irvine Police Department D.A.R.E. unit joined students from Eastshore Elementary School for their annual end-of-school year bike ride. The ride started at Eastshore and traveled through Irvine stopping briefly for a photo opportunity at the Civic Center and then on to the Newport Beach Fun Zone on Balboa Island.
Sixth-graders at Eastshore Elementary School started the tradition 15 years ago and for just as long, Irvine’s DARE officers have been invited to join them. Prior to the ride, each student is required to pass a bicycle safety course presented by the school and the Irvine Police Department making it a fun and educational event. “This event provides an opportunity for students to use the knowledge obtained from their bike safety class while at the same time, we have an opportunity to promote healthy activity for all involved”, said DARE Officer Alex Mendoza.
The 15-mile ride is chaperoned by teachers and volunteer parents. Once at their destination everyone enjoyed lunch by the beach and then geared up for the ride back. The Newport Beach Police Department also assisted by monitoring traffic at the intersection of Jamboree and Pacific Coast Highway.
This event is one of many and is exemplary of the strong partnerships that have been forged over the past 25 years between the police department’s DARE and other youth services officers and Irvine’s schools.
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