BayCare Clinic Bikes offers free bike helmets
Fri, May 5, 2017
GREEN BAY – BayCare Clinic Bikes, a community wellness initiative of BayCare Clinic, will give more than 1,000 free bike helmets to the public between May and July.
That includes 150 bike helmets to be given away along the Fox River State Trail on Saturday, May 6. The helmets will be distributed at a stand behind Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic’s location at 2020 Riverside Drive in Allouez (the former Eve’s Supper Club building).
The bike helmet giveaways are part of the BayCare Clinic Bikes’ mission to increase interest in bicycling while also promoting bike safety, particularly through consistent helmet use.
Helmets of all sizes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis between 9 a.m. and noon, while supplies last.
BayCare Clinic Bikes also will give away 500 bike helmets on Saturday, May 6 at the YMCA Healthy Kids Day event at Shopko Hall, 1901 S. Oneida St., Ashwaubenon. Helmets will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., while supplies last.
Other BayCare Clinic Bikes-sponsored free helmet giveaways include:
- Three hundred bike helmets to Foxview Intermediate School in De Pere in support of the school’s Bike Safety Week events from May 8 to May 12. Helmets will be fitted by the De Pere Health Department.
- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Aurora BayCare Open Streets in downtown Green Bay.
BayCare Clinic Bikes earlier this year also donated 1,000 bike helmets to be distributed among 14 Green Bay-area schools.
“Our goal is to help increase local awareness of the importance of consistent bike helmet use when cycling,” said Dr. Jon Henry, an orthopedic surgeon with BayCare Clinic. “Helmet use helps prevent injury and fosters the safe cycling habits we continue to encourage riders to adopt.”
THE FACTS: (from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Millions of Americans ride bicycles, but fewer than half wear bicycle helmets.
- In 2010 in the U.S., 800 bicyclists were killed and an estimated 515,000 sustained bicycle-related injuries that required emergency department care. Roughly half of these cyclists were children and adolescents under the age of 20.
- Annually, 26,000 bicycle-related injuries to children and adolescents are traumatic brain injuries treated in emergency departments.
- Any bicyclist who does not wear a bicycle helmet is at increased risk of head injury.
- Bike helmets help decrease the likelihood of injury from a cycling mishap.
About BayCare Clinic
BayCare Clinic, www.baycare.net, is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in northeastern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With its 100-plus physicians, BayCare Clinic offers expertise in more than 20 specialties, serving clinical locations in 13 regional communities. Based in Green Bay, Wis., BayCare Clinic is a joint partner in Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
About BayCare Clinic Bikes
BayCare Clinic Bikes promotes bicycling as a healthy, family-friendly activity. Efforts are aimed toward increasing bicycling and advocating for bicycling safety throughout northeast Wisconsin.