State giving children in-need record number of lifesaving bike helmets

Photo courtesy OBX Bike and Pedestrian Safety Coalition

A record number of children, 11,850 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 pay for bike helmets that are distributed at bicycle safety events for underprivileged children by government and non-government agencies. A record 163 organizations applied to participate in the program this year. Helmets will be delivered by April 30.

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.

Local organizations receiving helmets this year include:

  • Cape Hatteras Elementary School  
  • Edenton, N.C.  
  • Elizabeth City Police Department  
  • Kill Devil Hills Police Department  
  • Ocracoke School  
  • Perquimans County Schools  
  • Shawboro Elementary School  
  • Southern Shores Police Department  
  • Washington County Schools  

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. 

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

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