CHARLOTTE, N.C. (QC Life) - You or someone in your family might be looking to start hopping on the bike more in 2022. Before you do, make sure everyone has a helmet.
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, more than 20 bicyclists are killed each year in our state, and kids ages 5 to 14 years old visit emergency rooms for bicycle-related injuries more than any other sport or recreational activity.
But if you do not have a helmet, you might be able to get one for free.
To help us out, Harris Kay, the NCDOT Communications Officer stopped by QC@3.
NCDOT is encouraging people across the state to receive free bicycle helmets as part of its annual Bicycle Helmet Initiative.
The program, founded in 2007 and overseen by the Integrated Mobility Division, has provided thousands of helmets to children, including providing more than 30,000 helmets in the last five years. While less than half of all children typically wear a helmet while biking, they can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by almost 90 percent.
Visit the NCDOT Bicycle Helmet Initiative webpage for more information and to download the application.
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