On Saturday, May 20, 438 children from the Lansing area were fitted with free bicycle helmets, thanks to the generosity of various businesses and organizations that are working to prevent head injuries in children.
The Lansing bike helmet giveaway and bicycle safety event was held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marshall Street Fire Station. The Lids for Kids program emphasizes the importance of bike safety and gives children the most important tool in preventing brain injury while riding a bike: a properly fitted helmet. Trained volunteers were on hand to custom fit every helmet.
In addition to getting properly fitted with a free helmet, several children who attended won brand-new bicycles. Kids also met their local firefighters and toured a fire engine, met Lansing police officers and inspected a police cruiser and police motorcycle, played carnival games, got their faces painted, custom-decorated their new bike helmets, and had their photos taken with Sparty from Michigan State University and The Big Lug from the Lansing Lugnuts baseball team.
Lids for Kids first began in 2003 in Lansing. The program expanded to Grand Rapids in 2014 and Traverse City in 2016. We’ll see you again next year!
We thank them all for helping to make this important event happen.