HENDERSON — Being time to get ready for bicycle season, it’s also time to check those bikes and review those safety rules.

On May 15, the Henderson Family YMCA will hold a bicycle safety event to help bikers enjoy the riding season safely.

Bikers are invited to the YMCA parking lot off Ruin Creek Road between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a comprehensive safety check — everything from tires to handlebars to helmets.

For those who get there early, there is a bonus. Free helmets will be awarded to the first 50 children who show up.

“It’s a walk-through event,” said Christine Bennerson, assistant director of youth development for the YMCA.

Collaborating in it are the Vance County Sheriff’s Office, Henderson Police Department, Henderson Fire & Rescue Department, FGV Smart Start and Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments.

Bicycles will be inspected to make sure they are operating as they should mechanically.

Helmets are a vital part of bicycle safety.

“Properly-fitted helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by at least 45%-yet less than half of children 14 and under usually wear a bike helmet,” according to Safekids.org.

Participants in Saturday’s event will learn the importance of helmets and will receive help in making sure theirs are fitted properly.

Other safety issues will be addressed, including checks to see that children’s car seats are properly installed.

While they are going through the safety checks, participants can enjoy Pelican’s snoballs.

As a bonus, the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments will provide giveaways.

The YMCA is located at 380 Ruin Creek Road in Henderson. For more information, call 252-438-2144, ext. 131.