The Safe Routes to School program will be providing free children bicycle helmets and fittings in the Belle Haven neighborhood. The Safe Routes to School program was allocated a generous donation of 100 bike helmets from the California Department of Public Health Kids’ Plates program. The helmets will be distributed during the International Walk to School day.
Belle Haven helmet giveaway
Wednesday, Oct. 6
Entrance of Belle Haven School
415 Ivy Drive
Children must be present in order to be properly fit and receive a helmet. Helmets for children between the ages of 8 and 14 years old will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Last year, the first helmet giveaway took place Oct. 21, 2020, in the Belle Haven neighborhood. Thanks to a generous donation from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, we distributed 50 helmets to children 5–17 years old. The event was held in front of Belle Haven School, which allowed parents and children to get free helmets and personalized helmet fittings. When you roll, always wear your helmet!
On Aug. 25, 2021, at the San Mateo County Safe Routes to School Summit, helmet use advocate Paige Hargis shared the story of her son Alex who was severely injured while skateboarding without a helmet. She founded My Grey Matterz, which collaborates with the skateboard industry with the goal of creating a “New Norm” to include the helmet in the “skateboarding kit.” Watch Alex’s helmet safety video.
To ensure the safety of all, city staff will be wearing masks and gloves during the helmet fittings. Children and parents are also required to wear face coverings.