Mayor John T. McDonald III will continue the distribution of safety helmets free of charge to residents of Cohoes. This program, which started in 2006, focuses on spreading awareness of bike and skateboarding safety especially for those ages 14 and younger.
In New York State, all individuals 13 years of age and younger must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. For skateboarders, the City of Cohoes has a skateboard ordinance which states that all those who skateboard on public property and right of ways must wear a helmet.
To assist with the state helmet requirements, the Cohoes Mayoral Foundation has joined forces with the Brain Injury Association of New York State to distribute helmets to Cohoes youths. The helmets will be available courtesy of Mayor McDonald through his office.
“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 for our youth. With the help of the Police Department, we have provided over 250 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 skateboarding or bicycling.
To obtain a helmet, Cohoes residents can contact the Mayors Office at (518) 233-2119 and a staff person will coordinate receipt of the helmet with the applicant's parent or guardian.