2017: Another Successful Traverse City Lids For Kids!
Our Lids for Kids bike helmet giveaway in Northern Michigan was held May 13. In the end, more than 260 children who came to F&M Park received free, properly fitted bike helmets in Traverse City.
Lids for Kids is a community outreach program that emphasizes the importance of bicycle safety and gives children the one tool they need to prevent brain injury in a bicycle accident: a properly fitted helmet. Since the program first began in Lansing in 2003, more than 8,000 bike helmets have been distributed to Michigan children.
In addition to getting a free bike helmet, children who attended Lids for Kids played games, learned bicycle safety tips, met local law enforcement officers and firefighters, and toured a fire engine. Kids also had the chance to win a free bicycle, donated by a local bike shop, and other great prizes.
Lids for Kids: Why do we give away free bike helmets in Traverse City?
The Sinas Dramis Law Firm’s idea to distribute free bike helmets stems from a realization that many bike riders often sustain preventable brain injuries simply because they do not wear helmets, and the fact that not every family can afford to purchase bike helmets.
It is estimated that more than 140,000 bicyclists under age 20 sustain brain injuries each year, and another 250 die as a result of those injuries.
In 2015, bicyclist deaths in Michigan jumped 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.
Along with our gracious co-sponsors and community partners, the Sinas Dramis Law Firm is able to fit children with free, brand-new bicycle helmets, just in time for summer riding.