About half a million people – many of them children – visit emergency rooms each year because of bicycle-related injuries from not wearing helmets.
The inaugural Bicycle and Pedestrian Neighborhood Block Event on Friday tried to make a small dent in that number.
Bicycle helmets and lessons about the fragility of the brain were given to children at the block event on Greene Street.
Sponsored by Georgia Health Sciences University’s Safe Kids East Central and area bicycle advocacy groups, the event included a gelatin brain, egg drops, coloring books and an injury-simulating mirror to teach children the necessity of helmets while biking.
Rene Hopkins, the coalition coordinator for Safe Kids, said she hoped the community event would return each summer because that is when kids have the most free time to bike and when teaching them safe practices is most necessary.
“We want to get them to understand what their brain does for them and how it effects everything they do,” Hopkins said. “We really want to give them a chance to come out and learn some things about bicycle safety.”