Free Bike Helmet Giveaway

Councilmember Jessica Lappin is hosting a free bicycle helmet giveaway today. New York City Department of Transportation officials will be there to fit each individual with a free bike helmet. Please attend this event and tell your friends and family!

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

NYPD Recommended a Mandatory Helmet Law in 2011

|
Three years ago, NYPD recommended a mandatory helmet law for all cyclists. While the proposal gained traction among some elected officials, it did not receive support from the Bloomberg administration. The de Blasio administration said yesterday that it won’t back a mandatory helmet law, either. While a helmet law isn’t on the agenda now, it’s a […]

Should I Wear a Helmet Today?

|
The Naparstek boys riding last year’s Summer Streets event… wearing helmets. Sarah’s "Too Much Emphasis on Safety" post yesterday brings up the question in the headline above. A Canadian Broadcasting TV crew doing a documentary on biking is filming me as I take my two sons to school on our Dutch cargo bike today. While […]

Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Emphasis on Safety?

|
There’s a lot of focus this month on getting more people out and about on their bikes. We posted last week about the effort to normalize bike commuting, a topic that as usual sparked a lot of discussion about sweat, appropriate clothing, secure bike parking and, of course, safety. How they promote cycling in Holland. […]

A Compulsory Helmet Law Won’t Make NYC Cyclists Safer

|
The great thing about arguments favoring compulsory bike helmet laws is that they tend to stay on topic instead of degenerating into fruitless bickering over cyclists’ interactions with pedestrians, bike riders’ claim to the streets, and other tired subjects. The bad things about such arguments are many. Here are three: They ignore the possibility that […]

Free Bike Helmets for Delivery Workers Today

|
In anticipation of two new laws that take effect in July, DOT is handing out free helmets to commercial cyclists. One law requires businesses to provide helmets to employees who use bicycles as part of their work, and to make sure their workers wear them. Another law requires businesses to display this poster (pdf) in […]