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Get your kids a free bike helmet this weekend in Austin

Nicole Villalpando

Kid’s don’t have a bike helmet? Now’s the time to get one. (Plus, it’s also the law for kids in Austin to have a bike helmet when they ride.)


St. David’s Children’s Hospital is hosting a Kids Fest and Safety Fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. There your kids can get fitted for a bike helmet as well as get one free. They also can bring their bikes to make sure that their bike is safe.

St. David’s Children’s Hospital also will have safety information and demonstrations, games, prizes and more. Kids can even come in Halloween costume.

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, 12221 N. MoPac Blvd. It’s all free.

Why are bike helmets so important?

Here’s one statistic from 2012: Nationally, for every $12 spent on a helmet for a child younger than 14, $580 is saved in health care cost from injuries, according to SafeKids Worldwide.

And as  Dr. Patrick Crocker, former director of emergency medicine at Dell Children’s Medical Center, said, “We have found a 50 percent reduction in head injury if they are wearing a helmet.”