The NC Department of Transportation's (NCDOT) Bicycle and Pedestrian Division is now 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 across the state of North Carolina, and is open to both government and non-government agencies. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on December 11, 2015.
NCDOT encourages applicants 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.
According to NCDOT, despite the fact that state law requires bike riders under the age of 16 to wear a secure, well-fitting helmet while riding a bike on public roads, public paths or public rights-of-way, less than half of all children do so. The Department stresses that bike helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by almost 90 percent in the event of an accident, and ultimately save lives.
NCDOT says that it is committed to ensuring that all children in the state of North Carolina have access to a bike 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 bike helmets available to children across the state.
For more information and to download the application, visit the Bicycle Helmet Initiative website.