Each year in Hawaii, an estimated 50 children under the age of 19 years are hospitalized as a result of a bicycle injury. According to State Department of Health data, 35 percent of hospitalizations are for traumatic brain injury. Use of a helmet reduces head injuries by an estimated 85 percent.
"Since Hawaii's bicycle helmet law went into effect in January 2001, all children under sixteen years of age are required to wear a helmet while biking," said Laurie Young, project specialist at HMSA. "Over the past two years, we've held bicycle clinics in Waimanalo, Kalihi, Waianae, Kahuku, Wahiawa, and at the State Capitol to promote safety awareness. We hope many parents in the Ewa area will take advantage of this fun, family event."