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Mother holds bike safety clinic in memory of son

Bike safety clinic

WHITEHALL, Pa. - Five years after her son was killed in a bike accident, Julie Stauffer is hoping bike safety clinics can help other families avoid a similar tragedy.

"A bike is not really a toy. You might get it from a toy store but it's not a toy," Stauffer said.

Stauffer held a bike safety clinic on Saturday in Whitehall in memory of her son Sage, who died in 2010 after flipping over the handlebars of his bicycle while riding near a park in Catasauqua.

"He told me there was something wrong with his bike. We never thought about it again," said Stauffer.

Stauffer believes Sage's accident was caused by faulty brakes on his bicycle and is hoping other parents will hear her story and check their children's bikes for big or small problems.

Stauffer used money raised by the Sage Stauffer Memorial Soccer Tournament to host the first Bicycle Safety Clinic at the Whitehall Rec. Fields.

Kids who attended got free bike helmets and a bike tune-up from Fitness Central technicians.

Stauffer says she feels good knowing children will leave her clinic with knowledge to help them be safer.

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