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A bicycle safety event in York County organized by the UPMC Pinnacle Foundation hosted an event on Saturday to raise awareness for traumatic brain injury.
Kids who attend got to choose from a wide range of designs and are fitted with their brand new helmets.
Organizers said that the almost 200 free helmets giving out at the event will go a long way in saving lives.
"l'll drive through the city or walk through the city and I've think we've all seen the kids riding their bikes, having a good time, and most of them do not have helmets on," said Chad Myers, director of development at the UPMC Pinnacle Foundation.
"Should there be an accident, we do know that bicycle helmets save lives."
According to a 2018 report, children younger than 14 are five times more likely to be injured in a bicycle-related crash.
Helmet use is also lowest among children ages 11 to 14.