AAA to host bicycle helmet safety event

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- Bicycling provides great exercise and enjoyment, but every year hundreds of cyclists are killed and thousands more injured in preventable crashes on our nation’s roadways, reports AAA.

Last year, three bicyclists died on Nebraska roadways. On average, some 260 bicyclists are injured while riding on Nebraska roads each year.

To help prevent head injuries, AAA, located at 3359 W. Capital Avenue in Grand Island, is conducting a free bicycle helmet fitting event for children May 23-25, from 9 am to 5 pm each day.

The Cornhusker Motor Club Foundation and the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation are generously providing free bike helmets and safety literature for children ages 5-12, while supplies last. Children must be present to be properly fitted for their helmet. For additional details, call 308-384-1672.

A bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of a serious head injury by up to 85 percent. To properly fit a helmet:

· Place the helmet evenly on the head, about one or two finger widths above the eyebrows.
· The helmet should rest on the head and not tilt forward or back.
· Adjust and add more foam pads, which often come with the helmet, to ensure it fits snugly on the head. Some new helmet models do not require additional pads.
· Tighten the chinstrap as snug as possible with space for one finger between the neck and the strap. Adjust the side straps if needed, which connect front to back, just below the ears.

AAA reminds motorists to always be on the lookout for bicyclists in the traffic mix and avoid distractions which take your mind and eyes off of the roadway.

Last year, AAA expanded its roadside assistance services to include bicycles. More information can be found by visiting or contacting the Grand Island AAA office.

In addition to providing free helmets, AAA and the Cornhusker Motor Club Foundation have generously provided funds to the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission to erect seven self-service bike repair stations at some of our state’s most popular parks and recreation areas. Most of the stations will be built this year.