Free Fair Promotes Bike Safety for Children

Summer’s only a few days away. And with new bike lanes and routes sprouting up all over the city, cyclists of all ages are already hitting the streets. But are they wearing protective gear and helmets? Do you wear yours? What about your children?

Helmets are the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash. But Indiana University Health-affiliated emergency medicine physician Dr. Jennifer Walthall says there’s clearly more need to educate children and families about bike safety and the importance of wearing a helmet.

According to Dr. Walthall, for every 100 children she meets, only 2 or 3 claim to have helmets at home. And while it’s nice to have a helmet in your house, it’s critical to have one on your head when it counts.

So, to promote safety, the IU School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine is teaming up with IU Health and other partners to give away 250 helmets and 6 bikes (for 3 girls and 3 boys) at the annual Emergency Medicine Bike Safety Fair taking place this Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the parking lot of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208.

The event will offer a bike safety course, crash prevention demonstrations and stations for helmet-fitting, helmet decorating and traffic signaling. All free.

So come out and join the fun this weekend. Who knows? You might leave with a new bike and a helmet to match!

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