May 17, 2014
Hannibal Clinic
100 Medical Drive, Hannib, MO 63401 United States

Additional Information

The Hannibal Clinic invites area youth to bring their bicycles, roller blades, scooter, or skateboards to “Ride Cool.”

Hannibal Clinic Health Services is holding the annual Ride Cool helmet safety event, Saturday, May 17th from 10 a.m. to noon on the campus of the Hannibal Clinic.

During the event, over 400 bicycle safety helmets will be given away to area children. Children will also receive a free Ride Cool t-shirt. Other highlights of the safety event include helmet fittings, bicycle safety inspections, obstacle courses, demonstrations by the Cool Byke team, giveaways and egg drop demonstrations by Pediatrician Dr. Justin Bubolz.

Sponsors include: Hannibal Clinic, Hannibal Clinic Health Services, General Mills, Hannibal Courier Post, United Way, Hannibal Parks and Recreation, KICK-FM, Northeast Missouri Ambulatory Surgery Center, Trust GDC Insurance, Hannibal Kiwanis Clubs, Hannibal Rotary, KHQA, Cool Byke, Fiddlestiks, and the Hannibal Police Department.

Interesting Facts about Helmet Safety

Each year, more than 500,000 people in the US are treated in emergency departments, and more than 700 people die as a result or bicycle-related injuries. Children are a particularly high risk for bicycle-related injuries. In 2001, children 15 years and younger accounted for 59% of all bicycle-related injuries seen in US Emergency Departments.

Non-helmeted riders are 14 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than helmeted riders.

Wearing a bike helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85%.

Tips for getting your child to wear a helmet

  • Have your children wear helmets as soon as they start to ride tricycles or act as a passenger on the back of an adult’s bike. If they learn to wear helmets when they ride early, it becomes a habit for life.
  • Allow your child to participate in choosing their helmets.
  • Wear a helmet yourself. Children learn best by observing you. Whenever you ride your bike, put on your helmet.
  • Don’t let children ride their bikes unless they wear their helmets.
  • Encourage your children’s friends to wear helmets.HC logo- pantone