The Hannibal Clinic is once again inviting area kids 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 16 from 10 a.m. to noon on the campus of the Hannibal Clinic. The event is completely free of charge to attend. Relay For Life will be selling food.

Kids ages 3 to 12 will get a free bicycle helmet. Over 400 helmets will be given away. Kids will also receive a free Ride Cool t-shirt. Other highlights of the safety event include helmet fittings, bicycle safety inspections, obstacle courses, giveaways and egg drop demonstrations by Pediatrician Dr. Justin Bubolz, that shows kids how their head is better protected when wearing a helmet.

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 recent years, 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.