Community: Anchorage Bike Helmet Project
The AFD is proud to continue our partnership in the Anchorage Bike Helmet Project with Safe Kids Alaska, led by Providence Alaska Medical Center. This project began in the summer of 2006 as a resource for families who could not otherwise obtain bike helmets for their children. Providence Alaska Medical Center originally committed to the project for three summers, to support the new municipal ordinance requiring bike riders aged 15 and under to wear helmets on public pathways and roadways. In this multi-agency partnership, AFD fire stations serve as the primary helmet fitting, education, and distribution points to children.
In the years since 2006, the Anchorage Bike Helmet Project has fit and distributed more than 30,000 bike helmets to children and teens. The Project’s continuation for the 2017 summer season has been ensured with the recent approval of funding from Providence Alaska Medical Center for injury prevention outreach.
Beginning this month, families are welcome to stop by any AFD fire station, seven days a week, between the hours of 10 A.M. and 7 P.M., to have children fit with helmets. Provided at no cost to children and teens aged 15 and under, they must be present to be fit with a helmet. While no appointment is necessary, please be aware AFD crews may be out of the station on emergency responses or in training.
The bike helmet supply is limited to stock on hand at the fire station. Please remember this project is designed to assist families with limited resources that need to obtain bike helmets for their children. AFD will not distribute bike helmets to groups or programs. Please contact Safe Kids Alaska at 907-212-3194 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you belong to a group or program looking to obtain bike helmets for distribution.