Thousands of bicycle helmets going to children across Ohio
Bicycle-related fatalities in Ohio
are up 22 percent since 2009
COLUMBUS – Nearly 9,000 bicycle helmets
will be going to children across Ohio this spring thanks to the Put A Lid On It!
campaign, a continued partnership between the Ohio Department of
Transportation and the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. ODOT
contributed approximately 6,500 of the helmets. Thanks in part to a $12,000
grant from Honda of America Marysville, these helmets will be provided at no
cost to children across Ohio to keep them safe while enjoying a bicycle ride.
Partners from law enforcement agencies
and community organizations, Safe Routes to School Programs, Safe Communities
Programs, and others, applied for helmets through a competitive application
process. Awardees were selected to receive helmets based on need.
While bicycle related fatalities only
represent 4 percent of roadway fatalities, they are on the rise statewide.
Between 2009-2018, 182 Ohioans were killed while riding a bicycle, a 22 percent
increase. Twelve percent of bicycle-related fatalities in the last five years
were children between the ages of 5 to 14.
The goal of the partnership is to ensure
access to helmets and reduce injury and fatality among children who are biking
in communities across the state.
These resources complement local
approaches to improving safety for people biking, combined with other
educational programs, enforcement activities, and engineering solutions. However,
more needs to be done to reduce crashes. Motorists should always:
- Slow down and drive at a safe speed
- Look for people biking when turning
- Changes lanes to pass
- Put the phone away!
In Ohio, bikes are vehicles and people
on bikes have the same roadway rights and responsibilities as other vehicles.
Since 2008, ODOT has invested $4 million
annually into the Safe Routes to
School program which builds sidewalks and improves
street crossings and encourages children to safely walk or bike to school.