Due to current health and safety precautions surrounding the global pandemic COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Lids for Kids events in Traverse City, Lansing, and Grand Rapids.
Due to the nature of these events and the need to be in close physical contact to properly fit children with helmets, we feel this is the best way to protect event-goers, their families, volunteers, and our communities at this time.
Please continue to use lidsforkidsmi.org as a resource for all things helmet safety. Our Lids for Kids Facebook page is also a great resource as spring rounds the corner and more and more families are using this time to get outside and explore more outdoor hobbies.
We will be back with a bang in 2021 and we look forward to seeing you!
-Your Lids for Kids Helmet Fitting Crew
With perfect weather conditions, we fit and handed out nearly 500 free bike helmets to Traverse City area kids this year. In addition to helmets, 21 attending kids went home with a free bike, among many other awesome prizes! The 2019 Traverse City event was the most successful yet and we look forward to seeing northern Michigan families again next spring.
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.