Thousands of Ohio children to receive bicycle helmets

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – This spring, 9,000 children within the state of Ohio will receive bicycle helmets, thanks to the “Put A Lid On it!” campaign.

The campaign is a continued partnership between The Ohio Chapter of the American Pediatrics and The Ohio Department of Transportation. 

ODOT was able to purchase the helmets through a $12,000 grant donation from Honda of Marysville and will distribute them statewide free of charge. 

Through a competitive application process, local law enforcement agencies, school programs and community organizations were selected to receive helmets, based on need. 

From 2018-2019, almost 200 Ohioans were killed while riding bicycles. In the last five years, 12% of bicycle-related deaths involved children between the ages of 5 and 14. 

The ultimate goal of the campaign is to keep more children safe while riding their bikes and helping to reduce bicycle-rated fatalities and injuries. 

Within the state of Ohio, bicycles are considered vehicles that carry the same rights to the roadway as a moving car. 

For the last 11 years, ODOT has annually donated $4 million into the Safe Routes to School program, helping to improve road crossings and build safer sidewalks. 

For more information about Bike Safety Awareness Week, go to Ohioaap.org/putalidonit

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