Bicycle helmet giveaway and fitting event for children set for Saturday, Oct. 30, at Osprey Junction Trailhead Park

Children must be present to receive helmets from nonprofit

A volunteer ensures a good fit for a youngster during a previous event. Image courtesy Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead

On Saturday, Oct. 30, the Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead will host a bicycle helmet giveaway for youngsters from ages 1 to 18, the nonprofit has announced.

Children and teens must be present to receive the helmets and to be fitted for them, a news release points out. Only one helmet will be provided for free to each child, the release adds. Further, a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign up a youngster to receive a free helmet, the release says.

Helmets will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last “and at the sole discretion of the Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead,” the release points out.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. and is set to end at noon.

Osprey Junction Trailhead Park is located at 939 E. Bay St. in Osprey (34229).

For additional information, contact, the release says.

Additionally, Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead (FOJT) volunteers will be on hand to collect any bicycles and bicycle parts people would like to donate for their Recycle-A-Bicycle program, the release points out.

All donated bicycles are refurbished and then given away to people in need of alternative transportation or to children who do not have a bicycle, the release explains. For the program, the release notes, FOJT partners with The Bicycle Factory, a group of bicycle mechanics who work at the Salvation Army in downtown Sarasota.

Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead is a chapter of Friends of Sarasota County Parks and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit registered in Florida. Its mission is to support, promote and enhance Osprey Junction Trailhead, a Sarasota County Park adjacent to The Legacy Trail, the release adds. Visit the website at or email for more information.