Each year, an average of 20 bicyclists are killed while bicycling in North Carolina. One in six are under age 161. Children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency rooms for bicycle-related injuries more than any other sport. Typically, less than 50 percent of children will wear a helmet2. Helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent3.
Since 2007, the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation has helped distribute bicycle helmets to low-income children through schools, police departments and other groups. Revenue from the “Share the Road” specialty license plate has funded the initiative, which has made thousands of helmets available to children in need.
1NCDOT, Crash Data Tool -Bicycle Injury Query- 2012, 2Safe KidsWorldwide-www.safekids.org, 3Helmet Safety Institute –www.helmet.org)
To promote helmet usage and support local bicycle activities, the Bicycle Helmet Initiative selection process has been revised to include new guidelines and an application. Helmets will be awarded once per calendar year and awardees will be able to host their program within 12 months after receiving helmets. Applicants meeting the criteria who are selected will be awarded helmets to distribute to low-income children as part of their bicycle safety program.
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The applications period is currently closed. Please check back in the fall for information about the 2016 Helmet Initiative.