Nearly nine thousand bicycle helmets will soon be distributed to Ohio children through an ongoing partnership between the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
ODOT's Cait Harley says the goal is to reduce child injuries and fatalities.
Between 2009-2018, 182 Ohioans were killed riding a bicycle. Twelve percent of bicycle-related fatalities in the last five years were children between the ages of 5 to 14. ODOT recommends drivers slow down and use a safe speed, look for bicyclists when making turns, and avoid distractions.