The Washington Optimist Club and the Washington Police Department will host the 38th annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo Saturday, May 18, at the Washington Fairgrounds.

The event focuses on children ages 5 to 13, offering safety information such as road rules, paying attention while cycling and bike maintenance.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and activities start at 10. The event will continue until all registrants have had a chance to engage in all the activities.

Admission is free.

Health and safety experts from Mercy Hospital Washington will be at the swine pavilion offering educational activities, helmets and helmet fittings.

Mercy Hospital, in partnership with the Washington Optimist Club and FKI Cleaning Services in memory of Steve Thiemann, will offer free, hard-shell Consumer Product Safety Commission-approved BMX helmets during the event.

As part of Mercy Hospital Washington’s “Head Safe Program,” if a helmet gets damaged, it may be returned to the emergency department in exchange for a new one.

Each year, nearly 50,000 bicyclists suffer serious head injuries. Properly fitted helmets can reduce accidental head injuries by 85 percent.

Also at the bike rodeo, representatives from Mercy and the Washington Police Department will check car seats and discuss the newest safety recommendations for traveling with children.

Studies have shown that four out of five car seats are installed improperly.