Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Transportation's Bicycle and Pedestrian Division is accepting applications for its 2016 Bicycle Helmet Initiative. In an effort to promote bike safety for kids, the initiative distributes helmets to children from low-income families, and is open to both government and non-government agencies. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2015.
Applicants are encouraged to partner with community organizations and local government departments to extend the outreach of bicycle safety awareness. Past applicants have successfully partnered with police and fire departments, parks and recreation departments, health departments, community centers and religious groups. Applicants have the option of requesting 25, 50, 75, or 100 helmets, and awardees will receive the helmets by April 30, 2016.Helmets save lives. Although less than half of all children typically wear a helmet while biking, they can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by almost 90 percent. In fact, state law requires bike riders under the age of 16 to wear a secure, well-fitting helmet while cycling on public roads, public paths or public rights-of-way. NCDOT is committed to ensuring all children have access to a helmet. Funding for the Bicycle Helmet Initiative is made possible through sales of the Share the Road specialty license plate. North Carolinians dedicated to bike safety have supported the initiative since its founding in 2007, making thousands of helmets available to children across the state.
For more information and to download the application, visit the NCDOT Bicycle Helmet Initiative website.