Safer Cycling Ahead: Ohio Children Receive 10,000 Free Bike Helmets through Put a Lid on It

Bicycle helmets will be distributed to thousands of children across the state this summer thanks to a continued partnership between the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP). Today, Ohio AAP and ODOT distributed bike helmets and training materials for biking education, including how to properly fit children with bike helmets, to over 153 partners across the state. The Put a Lid on It program has now donated more than 100,000 free helmets to Ohio’s children and communities since the program’s launch in 20xx. The program is made possible through generous funding from the Honda USA Foundation, Ohio Department of Transportation, and Ohio AAP Foundation.

As part of our ongoing commitment to promote the health and safety of Ohio’s children and adolescents, the Ohio AAP Put a Lid on It! Bike Helmet Safety Awareness program aims to increase helmet usage rates among Ohio’s children by raising awareness of the benefits, encouraging model behavior among adults, distributing bike helmets, and advocating for supportive public policies.

“Cycling is a fantastic way for children to exercise, reduce stress, develop independence, and encourages more time spent outside! But safety should always come first, and that starts with wearing a helmet. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85%, not only reducing the risk of injury but also preventing unnecessary trips to hospitals,” said Melissa Wervey Arnold, Chief Executive Officer of the Ohio AAP. “We are incredibly grateful for ODOT’s support of our Put a Lid on It program. Through this partnership, we are protecting kids and creating a safer environment for them to thrive.”

By providing free helmets and education, Put a Lid on It aims to make cycling safer and more accessible for everyone. According to one of last year’s helmet partners“Raising awareness of safety and providing helmets for children who normally couldn’t afford them is so important. It also creates an opportunity for us to collaborate with the local community.”
To learn more about Bike Helmet Safety Awareness, visit the Put a Lid on It page on the Ohio AAP’s website at To learn more about the Ohio Safe Routes to School program visit:

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