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State Giving Children in Need Record Number of Lifesaving Bike Helmets

​RALEIGH – A record number of children, 19,900 total, across the state will be receiving lifesaving bicycle helmets through the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Bicycle Helmet Initiative, part of ongoing efforts to reduce bicycle injuries and deaths in North Carolina.

NCDOT uses funds from the sale of “Share the Road” specialty license plates​ to purchase bike helmets that are distributed at local safety events for underprivileged children by government and non-government agencies. A record 256 organizations will receive helmets this year. Helmets will be shipped by the end of May.

Helmets save lives. While less than half of all children typically wear a helmet while biking, they can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by nearly 90 percent.  

The following organizations are receiving helmets: 

A Bike for Every Tike 
Aberdeen Fire Rescue
Alexander County Partnership for Children
Anderson Creek Ruritan Club
Ardmore Neighborhood Association
Ashe County Chamber of Commerce
Ashe/Alleghany Safe Kids
Asheville Parks and Recreation
Ayden Housing Authority
Balantyne Elementary School
Bethel Elementary
Bike Durham
Biscoe Police Department
Black Girls Do Bike: Raleigh - Durham
Blue Ridge Conservancy
Blue Ridge School
Boost The Boro
Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties
Brain Injury Association of NC
Bridgeton Police Department
Brothers & Sisters of Unity / 4-h
Brunswick County Branch #5452, NAACP
Buncombe County Recreation Services
Butner-Stem Elementary
Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks
Cape Hatteras Elementary School
Carolina Coeds 4-H
Carrboro Bicycle Coalition
Cartoogechaye Elementary School
Carver Elementary School - Pinetops NC
Cary Police Department
Catawba Police Department
Central Elementary
Chapel Hill Police Department
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
Chowan County Safe Kids
Christian Chapel Missionary Baptist Church
Citrix Cycle
City of Gastonia Parks & Recreation
City of Greensboro Department of Transportation
City of Laurinburg
City of Lenoir
City of Lowell
City of Oxford
City of Raleigh
City of Wilson Police Department
City of Winston-Salem DOT
Clay County Schools Discovery After-School and Summer Programs
Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention
Community in Action
Creedmoor Police Department
Crossnore Communities for Children
Cullowhee Valley School
Cumberland County Department of Public Health
Dallas Police Department
Daniel Boone Council, Boy Scouts of America
Davidson County Schools
Duck Police Dept
Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission
Durham Bicycle Cooperative
Durham Parks and Recreation
Durham Police Department
Durham Public Schools Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC)
East Franklin Elementary
Ebenezer United Church of Christ
Edgecombe County Cooperative Extension
Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office
Edneyville Elementary School
Edneyville Fire and Rescue Department
Elizabeth City Police Department
Ephesus Elementary School
Fernandez Community Center, LLC
Focus Behavioral Health Services, LLC
Forest City Police Department
Franklinton Parks and Recreation
Friends of Downtown Hendersonville
Fuquay-Varina Police Department
Gaston County Parks & Rec
Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln MPO
Goldsboro Parks and Recreation
Granville Vance Publice Health
Greensboro Parks and Recreation
Guilford County Sheriff Office
Halifax County Safe Kids Coalition
Haywood Christian Ministry, Inc.
Hazelwood Elementary School
Helping Hand Outreach
Henderson County Public Schools
Henderson Vance Recreation and Parks
Henderson-Vance Recreation & Parks Department
Hendersonville Police Department
Hertford County Public Library
Hillandale Elementary
Hillsborough Police Department
Holt's Chapel Community Center, Inc
Hudson Police Department
ICNA Relief
Immanuel Baptist Church
Infinite Possibilities Inc
Jackson Community School
Jackson County Parks and Recreation
Jackson County Public Schools
Jackson County Sheriff's Office
Jacksonville Police Dept.
Joshua's Friends Foundation
Kannapolis Police Department
Khalif Temple #144 AEAONMS
Kill Devil Hill Police Department
Landis Fire Department
Learn to Ride
Liberty Police Department
Life Opportunities Therapeutic Home Services
Lockhart Elementary School
Louisburg Police Dept.
Love A Sea Turtle - LAST
Lumberton Fire Department
Manteo Police Department
Marion Police Department
McDowell County Parks and Recreation
Mebane on the Move
Mecklenburg County Public Health
Millbrook Environmental Connections Magnet Elementary (MECME)
Mills River Elementary School
Mills River Farmers Market
Mills River Parks and Recreation Department
Moore County Public Safety
Morehead City Police Department
Mount Airy Police Department
Mt. Carmel Holy church of worship
Mulberry Elementary School
N.C. Cooperative Extension
Nash County Recreation & Senior Services
National Cycling Center
NB Mills Elementary School in Iredell Statesville School District
NC Community Action Association
NC Cooperative Extension
NC Cooperative Extension - Montgomery County Center
NC Cooperative Extension, Cumberland
NC Cooperative Extension-Henderson County
NCDOI/OSFM/Safe Kids North Carolina
New Bern Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
New Kituwah Academy
New London Fire Department
North Canton Elementary
North Carolina Brain Injury Council
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina State Highway Patrol
Northampton Memorial Library
Oakwood Elementary School
Olive Chapel Elementary School
Outreach Ministries OBX
Oxford Parks & Recreation
Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism
Partnership for Children of Lenoir and Greene Counties/Safe Kids Eastern Carolina
Partnership for Children of Wayne/Safe Kids Wayne County
Person County Friends of the Parks Committee administered by the Person County Recreation, Arts and Parks Department
Pinehurst Elementary School
Pineville Parks and Recreation
Plaza Baptist Church
Polkton Police Department
Precious Haven, Inc
Ramseur Police Department
Randleman Police Department
Randolph County Public Health
Randolph County School System
ReCyclery NC
River Bend Police Department
Robersonville Dream Makers
Robeson County Health Department
Robeson County Partnership for Children
Rolesville Police Department
Rowland Police Department
Safe Communities Coalition
Safe Kids Bladen
Safe Kids Catawba County
Safe Kids Jackson County
Safe Kids Macon County
Safe Kids Mid-Carolinas Region
Safe Kids Northwest Piedmont
Safe Kids of Gaston County
Safe Kids of Wilson County
Safe Kids Onslow
Safe Kids Pitt County
Safe Kids Rutherford Polk
Safe Kids Union County
Safe Kids Wake County
Sampson-Clinton Public Library
Scotts Creek Elementary School
Shining Rock Classical Academy
Siler City Police Department
Smithfield Police Department
Smokey Mountain Elementary School
SOAR Outreach
Socrates Academy
South End Elementary
South Macon Elementary School
Southern Shores Police Department
Spring Lake Police Department
Stanly County Sheriff's Office
Stoneville Police Department
Sunset Beach Police Department
Surf City Police Department
Swain County West Elementary
Swan Quarter Volunteer Fire Department
Sylva Police Department
Tabor City Police Department
Tar-State Transportation Alliance Inc
Telamon Chatham Head Start
The Help Center NC
The Housing Authority of the City of Goldsboro
The Motherboard
The Pedal Factory
The Rotary Club of Franklin
The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Gaston County
The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Greensboro
The Salvation Army of High Point
The Salvation Army of Wake County
Thomasville Police Department
Town of Andrews 
Town of Beech Mountain, Parks and Recreation Department
Town of Chadbourn
Town of Chapel Hill Planning Department
Town of Granite Quarry
Town of Matthews Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resource Department
Town of Maysville
Town of Murphy Police Department
Town of Navassa Police Department
Town of Ranlo Police Department
Town of Tarboro Parks and Recreation Dept
Town of Winterville Representative/ Winterville Ruritan Club
Triangle Bikeworks
Triangle J Council of Governments
Trips For Kids Charlotte
Trips For Kids RDU
Twin City Bike Collective Inc.
Tyrrell Elementary School
UNC Greensboro Police Department
UR Restored Ministries Inc
Vance County Schools
Vance County Sheriff's Office
Victory Christian School
Village of Clemmons, NC
VOCA Corporation of NC dba Community Alternatives
Wadesboro Police Department
Wayne County Schools - Carver Heights Elementary School
West End/Lyon Park Legacy Project
White Oak Elementary School
Wilkesboro Police Department
Williamston Police Department
Wilson County Sheriff's Office
Wingate Police Department
Winston-Salem Police Department/Downtown Bike Patrol
Yadkinville Police Department
YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

Residents dedicated to bicycle safety in North Carolina have supported this initiative since it began in 2007. Since then, thousands of bicycle helmets have been distributed to children throughout the state.

For more information about the program, visit the NCDOT Bicycle Helmet Initiative webpage. ​


5/19/2022 9:17 AM