COHOES – Mayor John T. McDonald III announced today the continuation of the distribution of safety helmets free of charge to residents. The program started in 2006 and has focused on spreading awareness of bike and skateboarding safety especially for those ages 14 and under.
The city-wide skateboard ordinance states that all those who skateboard must wear a helmet when on public property and right of ways whereas in New York State all individuals 13 years of age and younger must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
To assist with these helmet requirements, the Cohoes Mayoral Foundation has joined forces with the Brain Injury Association of New York State which will be distributed to youth who demonstrate a need for a helmet. The helmets will be available courtesy of Mayor McDonald either in his office or through the Cohoes Police Department.
“The Mayoral Foundation started this program in order to help provide helmets to those who are in need of them. Our goal is to help ensure and promote safety throughout the City especially to our youth. With the help of the Police Department, we have provided over 200 helmets since we started the program,” said Mayor McDonald.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, it is estimated that every 21 seconds one person in the U.S. sustains a brain injury. The leading cause of traumatic brain injuries are falls in which bikers hit their heads on pavement. Helmets can reduce the risk of brain injury by as much as 88 percent. The association strongly recommends that helmets be worn at all times when skate boarding or bicycling.
To obtain a helmet, Cohoes residents can contact the Cohoes Police Department at 237-5333 or the Mayors Office at 233-2119. An officer or staff person will coordinate receipt of the helmet with the applicant's parent or guardian.