Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, Councilman Barry Grodenchik and the city Department of Transportation teamed up to give away free bike helmets to more than 1,000 residents in Oakland Gardens over the weekend.
The event was held at PS 46 Alley Pond School. DOT staff helped fit the helmets for all users and provided instructions on how to properly wear them.
“It is incredible important that we take proactive measures to bike safely whether we are going around the neighborhood as a leisurely activity or commuting,” Rozic said. “With the Kissena Velodrome and Eastern Queens Greenway in the heart of the neighborhood, I want to make sure our community knows we are working tot make protective gear accessible to ensure their everyday safety.”
Close by are two popular parks – Alley Pond Park and Cunningham Park – that many bicyclists enjoy riding through.
“People enjoy cycling in the streets, in the parks as well as in bike lanes year round, and as ridership continues to grow, it is important that we encourage rider safety,” Grodenchik said.