Brooklyn Councilman David G. Greenfield is giving away free helmets on Sunday, June 4th, from 12:oo p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Kolbert Playground, which is located on Avenue L between 17th and 18th Street in Midwood.
The event is open to everyone, children and adults alike, though children will need a parent or legal guardian to sign a form in order to participate. “We are giving away free bike helmets on a first-come, first-served basis,” Greenfield said. “However, helmets don’t work if they are not fitted. So you must be there in person to get the helmet fitted by an expert in order to get the free helmet,” Greenfield said.
Studies show that bike riders are 10 times more likely to get seriously hurt or even killed when they are not wearing a helmet.
“This event is about protecting people. It’s simple: wearing a helmet is the easiest way for bicyclists to stay safe on the road,” Greenfield said.
The event is part of the city’s Vision Zero program, which Greenfield funds and which aims to reduce traffic accidents and ensure pedestrian safety.
“Biking is a wonderful activity for your body, but a concussion isn’t. Riding a bike is only truly healthy when you’re wearing a properly fitted helmet,” Greenfield said.