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.