Safe Kids Anoka County will travel around the county in April and May selling and properly fitting bike helmets for residents.
New Bell helmets in a variety of colors and styles – ranging from toddlers to adults – will be available for $12. All helmets comply with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission safety standards.
If you already own a helmet, volunteers will fit it for free.
No appointment is necessary; first come, first served while supplies last – cash and check only.
Clinics will be held:
• April 2, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, 13301 Hanson Blvd. N.W., Andover.
• April 16, 4 to 8 p.m., Blaine Police Department, 10801 Town Square Drive, Blaine.
• April 17, 4 to 6 p.m., Fridley Police Department, 6431 University Ave. N.E., Fridley.
• May 7, 4 to 8 p.m., Blaine Police Department, 10801 Town Square Drive, Blaine.
Everyone is welcome. People do not have to be a resident of the city or county to attend.
Bike-related crashes kill 900 people every year and send about 567,000 to hospital emergency rooms with injuries.
More than 40 percent of all head injury related deaths and approximately three-quarters of head injuries occur among children ages 14 and younger.
Wearing a bike helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent.