Foothills Area Groups to Receive Bike Helmets Through NCDOT

A child wearing a helmet rides a red bike down a sidewalk.

Several groups within Foothills Regional Commission’s four-county region are among those that will receive lifesaving bicycle helmets through the NC Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT’s) Bicycle Helmet Initiative, the department announced in a May 19 news release.

The initiative is part of ongoing efforts to reduce bicycle injuries and deaths in North Carolina. A record number of children across the state—19,900 in all—will get a new bike helmet this year. A full list of the recipients is available here.

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%.  

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. ​

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