Lids for Kids Lansing 2019
What: FREE bike helmet giveaway for Lansing-area kids
Where: Marshall Street Fire Station (corner of Grand River & Marshall)
When: May 18, 2019 – 10 a.m. – noon
575 FREE Bike Helmets Given Away in 2019
Record numbers came out for the annual bike helmet fitting and giveaway at the Marshall Street Fire Station in Lansing this year. In addition to bike helmets, tons of prizes were raffled off, Big Lug, Charlie Brown, and Snoopy made appearances, there was a helmet decorating station, and event favorite, Sharon Shutes, painted dozens of faces at Lansing’s 2019 Lids for Kids event.
Why We Give Properly Fitted Helmets to Lansing Kids
The Sinas Dramis Law Firm and our various community partners distribute free bike helmets in Lansing because many children suffer severe head injuries in bike accidents simply by not wearing helmets at all, or by not wearing properly fitted helmets.
It is estimated that more than 140,000 bicyclists under age 20 sustain brain injuries in accidents each year, and another 250 die as a result of those injuries.
In 2015, bicyclist deaths in Michigan jumped a shocking 57 percent, to the highest number since 2008, according to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. Meanwhile, medical research shows that about 88 percent of bicycle-related brain injuries and deaths could be prevented by wearing a helmet.
Unfortunately, not every family can afford to purchase bike helmets and many kids simply refuse to wear them. In response, the Sinas Dramis Law Firm, along with the Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center, the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, Michigan Association for Justice, WLAJ and WLNS, established Lids for Kids as a way to get much-needed bike helmets to kids.