Published on August 02, 2018

Essentia Health and the Grand Rapids Farmers Market host bike safety day

Essentia Health and the Grand Rapids Farmers Market remind you to use your head and wear a bike helmet.  To help promote this message, the health care organization and farmers market are hosting a bike safety event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Grand Rapids Farmers Market, located at 11 Golf Course Road, Grand Rapids.

Free bike helmets will be given away, while supplies last and are available in a variety of sizes for both children and adults. Safety experts will also be on hand to provide proper fittings of helmets and provide safety information for bicyclists young and old.

“Essentia Health wants to keep our community and kids safe,” says Jenna Ballinger, an Essentia community health specialist. “By providing helmets and fitting them properly, we hope to reduce the amount of head injuries from bicycling accidents. They are the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes.”

Ballinger adds more children ages 5-14 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries related to biking than any other sport. But wearing a bike helmet can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88-percent.  “Despite the fact that bike helmets are proven to be very effective, only 45-percent of children 14 and under usually wear a bike helmet,” Ballinger adds.

For more tips on why it’s important to use your head and wear a helmet, visit www.safekids.org