Friday, May 21, 2010
Keeping Cyclists Safe, One Head at a Time
Early on a recent rainy Saturday Morning, DOT Safety Education staff were busily preparing for one of their many bike helmet fitting and giveaway events. Soon the raindrops tapered off, and Tompkins Square Park filled with parents and children ready for the Lower East Side Kids’ Art Bike Parade. Bike New York offered lessons to get kids riding, volunteers helped attach brightly colored ribbons, stickers, flags and flowers to the bikes, and DOT staff provided helmets and helmet fitting advice.
At DOT’s helmet fittings, visitors are measured and shown the proper way to wear their new helmets. They can also pick up a copy of the new NYC bicycle map and fun, bike safety activity books. Nearly 300 children and adults left the event in Tompkins Square Park geared up for safety with their new helmets and our "Be Safe, Be Seen" retro-reflective arm bands.
To date DOT has fitted and distributed over 25,000 free helmets to kids and adults throughout the five boroughs. DOT will conduct bike helmet fittings and giveaways all summer long at community events throughout the five boroughs. For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the DOT’s online event calendar.
Tips for safe bicycle riding for you and your family
When you’re on a bike, consider yourself the driver of a vehicle with the same responsibilities as all other drivers.
More Safety Resources
Free bike lessons for kids from Bike New York
Bicycle safety activities for you and your child from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Bicycle safety facts and myths from the American Academy of Pediatrics
New Think Safety! Newsletter
Safe Kids NYC announces the inaugural issue of Think Safety!, a biannual newsletter dedicated to keeping children healthy and free from unintentional injuries. Read the first issue, focusing on safety in the spring and summer.
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DOT Safety Education Events
Free Car-Seat Check
Chevrolet Cadillac of Harlem
If you cannot attend this event, call 311 to make an appointment for a free child car seat inspection at a DOT Fitting Station. Car-seat checks are done by appointment Mondays through Fridays at all DOT inspection stations. Please note that we cannot accept walk-ins.
Bike Helmet Fittings and Giveaways
The Department of Transportation will give away free bike helmets while supplies last. Helmets are available for all ages. You must be present to get a helmet and you must learn how to properly fit and wear it before you receive it. Adults over 18 receiving a helmet must sign a waiver, and a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign a waiver for children under age 18.