438 Bike Helmets Given Away At 2017 Lansing Lids For Kids!
On May 20, 2017, more than 400 bicycle helmets were handed out to children at our annual Lansing bike helmet giveaway known as “Lids for Kids.”
In addition, 18 kids won new bicycles, thanks to the generosity of local businesses and individuals. Lots of other great prizes were given away, too, and Sparty and The Big Lug were on hand to greet the kids and take pictures with them.
Other activities at the Lansing event included face painting, custom-decorating helmets, touring a fire engine, meeting firefighters and police officers, and checking out a police vehicle and police motorcycle.
Since the Lids for Kids program first began in 2003, we have given away more than 8,000 bike helmets, keeping children safe from bike-related head injuries.
Lids for Kids: Why do we give away free bike helmets in Lansing?
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.