Ohio children to receive more than 9,000 Bike Helmets
Promotes Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Week May 2-10, 2015
COLUMBUS – Around 9,300 bicycle helmets will be going to children across Ohio thanks to a partnership between the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). ODOT is contributing $25,000 to the campaign with the Ohio AAP kicking in another $14,000.
The effort is part of the Ohio AAP’s Put a Lid on It! Bike Helmet Safety Awareness campaign in conjunction with Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Week May 2-10, 2015
“We are incredibly grateful for ODOT’s support of our Put a Lid on It campaign, and look forward to this partnership,” said Melissa Wervey Arnold, Executive Director for the Ohio AAP. “With ODOT’s support, we will be able to supply three times as many bike helmets to children than we did last year.”
At an event in Columbus, Yay Bikes and CoGo Bike Share joined ODOT and Ohio AAP to distribute bike helmets to local organizations across the state and provided training sessions for biking education, including how to properly fit children with bike helmets.
A combination of efforts is necessary to effectively increase helmet usage rates among Ohio children including raising awareness of the benefits, encouraging model behavior among adults, distributing bike helmets to Ohio children and advocating for supportive public policies.
“Spring is here and children getting out to enjoy the great outdoors on their bikes. We want them to be as safe as possible by having the right equipment,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “We’re happy to be a partner in this effort to get helmets to children who may not otherwise have easy access to them.”
As part of Ohio’s transportation system, the state has 4,207 miles of bike routes and trails, including the Ohio to Erie Trail which connects Cincinnati and Cleveland. Since 2008, ODOT has invested $60 million into the Safe Routes to School program which builds sidewalks and improves street crossings and encourages children to walk or bike to school safely.
The Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) promotes the health, safety and well being of children and adolescents so they may reach their full potential. The Ohio AAP works to accomplish this by addressing the needs of children, their families, and their communities, and by supporting Chapter members through advocacy, education, research, service, and improving the systems through which they deliver pediatric care.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
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