Rep. Sykes Joins Akron Children's Hospital For 'Put A Lid On It' Bike Helmet Campaign
Educational event leaves kids with safety lessons, free helmets

AKRON, Ohio— State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) will participate in the Akron Children’s Hospital Put a Lid on It campaign kickoff today in Akron. The program educates youth on the importance of bicycle safety and always wearing a helmet when riding. Today’s event was one of hundreds around the world during Global Road Safety Week, a global campaign urging community action on the issue of road safety for children.

“’Put a Lid on It’ teaches our kids the importance of bike safety,” said Rep. Sykes.  “Outfitting children in our communities with proper, well-fitting helmets can save lives and definitely reduce the chance of injury. I am happy to come out and support a cause that puts our kids and their safety first.”

Apart from automobiles, bicycles are tied to more childhood injuries than any other consumer product. Studies show that universal bike helmet usage for children under 16 can prevent hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of head, face and scalp injuries annually. All children in attendance at today’s Put a Lid on It event receive a free helmet and fitting.

The City of Akron implemented a mandatory bicycle helmet ordinance in 2001, which requires youth under 16 to wear a helmet when riding a bike.

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