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Get a Free Bike Helmet at Brooklyn Public Library

 A boy was fitted for a free helmet at the Brooklyn Public Library in 2013.
A boy was fitted for a free helmet at the Brooklyn Public Library in 2013.
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PROSPECT HEIGHTS — The Brooklyn Public Library is giving away helmets for bikers of all ages. 

Free helmets will be handed out and fitted at the main branch of the library at Grand Army Plaza on Tuesday from 4:30 to 6 p.m., with representatives from the Department of Transportation on hand to help.

The helmets will be available while supplies last, a spokeswomen for the BPL said. At a similar event held at the Kensington branch last week, hundreds of people got free helmets, she said.

The event is being held in advance of the annual “Bike the Branches” bicycle tour put on by the BPL, in which participants can cycle solo or in groups to the 60 library branches in Brooklyn, with family-friendly activities throughout the day. Those who bike to the most library locations will get prizes.

Those who sign up in advance can participate in themed bike rides, including a tour of the borough’s most famous distilleries, a ride that stops at famous locations in literature and one that visits Brooklyn’s landmarks.

The helmet giveaway will take place at 10 Grand Army Plaza at 4:30 p.m. May 13. The Bike the Branches tour will take place on May 17 at 10 a.m. Registration is still open for the event online and costs $20 for adults and $10 for children under 17 and seniors 65 and older. Group pricing is available for families and teams of up to 10 people.