Application Deadline Extended for NCDOT's 2015 Bicycle Helmet Initiative

Application Deadline Extended for NCDOT's 2015 Bicycle Helmet Initiative
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October 14, 2014

The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has announced that the upcoming deadline for applications to participate in the 2015 Bicycle Helmet Initiative has been extended to October 31, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Designed to help local organizations supply bicycle helmets to children in need, the Bicycle Helmet Initiative is funded by the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation within the Department of Transportation, and is now in its eighth year.

NCDOT points to countless studies that have shown that wearing a bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by up to 88 percent. Sadly, the DOT says, fewer than 50 percent of children are likely to wear a helmet when riding, and the problem becomes more pronounced with lower-income populations.

The goal of the Bicycle Helmet Initiative is to reduce child bicycle fatalities and other serious injuries across the state. Each year, select Helmet Initiative applicants are awarded helmets for distribution to low income children participating in their programs.

Helmets will be mailed to awardees during March and April of 2015.

For additional information, visit the Bicycle Helmet Initiative website. There you can find a fact sheet outlining the history of the program, learn more about how the initiative is funded and file an application on behalf of your organization.

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