Free bicycle helmets will be available for those who need them during an Oct. 9 family ride sponsored by the North Side Health Advisory Committee in conjunction with the city of Columbus.

Free bicycle helmets will be available for those who need them during an Oct. 9 family ride sponsored by the North Side Health Advisory Committee in conjunction with the city of Columbus.

Advisory panel co-chairwoman Sandy LaFollette made the announcement at the group's monthly meeting.

The Family Bike Ride, part of the committee's overall mission of improving the health of Northland residents by encouraging physical activity, is to take place on Saturday, Oct. 9, with a rain date a week later. The ride itself, along courses of five and eight miles, will get under way following a safety clinic to be put on at 1 p.m., LaFollette said.

The ride should last about an hour and will depart from Woodward Park, off Karl Road north of Morse Road.

This is a bicycle ride, she emphasized; no tricycles or training wheels allowed.

The free bike helmets, courtesy of the city and Nationwide Children's Hospital, will be fitted starting at noon in the park.

- Kevin Parks