Councilman David Greenfield is partnering with the NYC Department of Transportation to host his second free bike helmet fitting and giveaway this Sunday in Midwood. The event is open to the public, with helmets available for adults and children at Friends Field Park at Avenue L and East 4th Street between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Helmets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Six hundred helmets will be on hand, with recipients getting professionally fitted. A parent or legal guardian is required to sign a waiver for all children under age 18.
“Bike riding is a great way for children and adults to get exercise and travel around the community,” Greenfield said. “However, it must be done safely.”
Greenfield has previously introduced a bill in the City Council that would mandate the use of bike helmets. He says that overwhelming evidence proves helmets reduce the chance of getting killed in a bicycle accident by 85 percent. Helmets are already required by law for anyone under the age of 13 or working cyclists.