DAVISON — Genesys Trauma Services will hold a bicycle and helmet safety event at Jack Abernathy Regional Park bike trail this weekend.
The event will take place Sept. 8 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. when the public is invited to stop by the Genesys Trauma Services tent, which will be located along the trail, where cyclists can have their helmet checked and properly fitted, said Zack Landers, RN, injury prevention specialist.
The staff at the tent will also check the helmet’s expiration date and will offer a possible replacement helmet.
The Genesys Health Foundation will provide 50 new helmets on a first come, first serve basis to those who need help obtaining a helmet, said Landers. The user must be at least 4 years old to be eligible, but adults are encouraged as well. Sizes, colors and quantities are limited.
Landers said helmets decrease a wearer’s chance of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) by a rate as high as 85 percent. Of the 50 percent of cyclists who wear helmets, two-thirds of those are not wearing them correctly.
“Every bicycle helmet donated in to a community, that wears it properly, decreases cost to that community by $570,” said Landers. “Donating 50 helmets with education and proper fitting, will decrease the cost to Davison by $28,500. If we can prevent just one traumatic brain injury with life debilitating effects, we save hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
The savings is estimated by taking into consideration insurance payments, lost work and wages and a use of services.