Studies have shown that helmets prevent 60 percent of head injury deaths and reduce the overall risk of head injuries by 85 percent. The Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation has distributed more than 4,800 bike helmets to schools, police departments, fire departments and other organizations through its Bicycle Helmet Initiative, which is funded from revenue from the specialty “Share the Road” license plate. This initiative provides free helmets to underprivileged children.

Since 2007, the Bicycle Helmet Initiative has received more than $44,840 in funds due to license plates sold. The number of helmets distributed to organizations has risen each year.

Initiative Helmets Distributed
2007 2008 2009
905 1583 2363

Guidelines for Requesting Helmets

Helmet Request Form

Organizations whose events meet the prerequisites can fill out the Bicycle Helmet Request Form for consideration. Requests will be honored based on the availability of helmets.

The Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation of NCDOT promotes bicycle safety and education. We also assist agencies that strive to promote bicycle safety and education by providing a limited number of bicycle helmets to help get their programs started. The bicycle helmets are provided to help reach the underprivileged children of different communities who may otherwise not have the chance to receive a bicycle helmet.

Although our agency would like to help all organizations that are teaching and promoting bicycle safety we are unable to serve non-government agencies. Due to funding we only have a limited number of helmets in which we can distribute. The following are guidelines that need to be met in order to be eligible to receive bicycle helmets through our department. If you have questions please contact us at (919) 707-2600 or Contact Us.

The prerequisites for the requesting helmets include:

  • Must be a local government agency such as a school, fire department, law enforcement, parks and recreation department;
  • May request a maximum of 24 helmets in a 12 month period;
  • Helmets should be distributed to underprivileged children;
  • Helmets must be used in conjunction with bicycle safety education programs like bike rodeos and the Basics of Bicycling;
  • Helmets must not be used for personal use; and
  • Helmets cannot be sold.

Helmet Safety Resources