COLUMBUS (WCMH)- This spring, 9,000 children within the state of Ohio will receive bicycle helmets, thanks to the "Put A Lid On it!" campaign.
The campaign is a continued partnership between The Ohio Chapter of the American Pediatrics and The Ohio Department of Transportation.
ODOT was able to purchase the helmets through a $12,000 grant donation from Honda of Marysville, and will distribute them statewide free of charge.
Through a competitive application process, local law enforcement agencies, school programs and community organizations were selected to receive helmets based on need.
From 2018-2019, almost 200 Ohioans were killed while riding bicycles. In the last five years, twelve percent of bicycle related deaths involved children between the ages of 5 and 14.
The ultimate goal of the campaign is to keep more children safe while riding their bikes, and helping to reduce bicycle rated fatalities and injuries.
Within the state of Ohio, bicycles are considered vehicles that carry the same rights to the roadway as a moving car.
For the last 11 years, ODOT has annually donated $4 million into the Safe Routes to School program, helping to improve road crossings and build safer sidewalks.
For more information about Bike Safety Awareness Week, go to Ohioaap.org/putalidonit.