Lids For Kids Is Pedaling Into Traverse City On May 13, 2017!
The 2017 Lids for Kids bike helmet giveaway in Traverse City will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at F&M Park. It’s the second year for our Traverse City event. Last year, more than 400 Traverse City area children received bike helmets.
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 7,600 bike helmets have been distributed to Michigan children.
In addition to getting a free bike helmet, children who attend Lids for Kids can play games, learn bicycle safety tips, meet local law enforcement officers and firefighters, and tour a fire engine. Kids also have a 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.