The Integrated Mobility Division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation is accepting applications for free child bicycle helmets through February 9.
[Above photo by NCDOT]
The annual giveaway by that NCDOT division is meant to encourage more children to wear helmets. Organizations across the state can participate in the Bicycle Helmet Initiative to distribute to children in need.
“Wearing a helmet is an easy way to reduce the risk of head injuries when riding a bicycle,” said Brennon Fuqua, interim director of the NCDOT Integrated Mobility Division, in a statement. “We hope the Bicycle Helmet Initiative will help reduce bicycle injuries and raise awareness about the importance of safe bicycling practices.”
The agency said program applicants may request 25, 50, 75, or 100 helmets and are encouraged to partner with a local law enforcement agency, parks and recreation department, schools, churches, or other organizations to host bike safety events. The helmets will be distributed in the spring in advance of National Bike/Walk to School Day in May.
NCDOT noted that it started this Bike Helmet Initiative in 2007; part of its broader work with local communities to promote bicycle safety. In the last five years, the program has provided over 66,000 free bike helmets, including nearly 23,000 helmets provided to over 280 organizations in 2023 alone.
The Bike Helmet Initiative is paid for using sales of the Share the Road specialty license plate, NCDOT pointed out.