Protect your head! Free and low-cost helmets in King County

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all people riding a bike should wear helmets so they can have a safer brain and stronger future. But the cost of bike helmets may be a barrier to some people who want them. The COVID-19 pandemic caused economic hardship for many King County residents, and the extra cost of getting a new bicycle helmet may make it a lower priority purchase.

The good news is that affordable bike helmets are available for King County residents. Many local organizations provide free or low-cost helmets to the community in over a dozen locations. If you or someone you know are interested in getting a free or low-cost bicycle helmet, visit our online listing of places you can go. Some COVID-19 restrictions may still in place, so please check ahead to make sure they are open for fittings.

Once you get your bike helmet, be sure to wear it. It can save your life, and the example you set can save others as well.

Use bike helmets correctly

Bike helmets are proven to protect from serious head injuries, especially if they are worn correctly. For full protection, a bike helmet should be worn correctly:

  • flat on your head and sit two finger widths above your eyebrows.
  • The straps on either side of your ears should make a “Y” shape with one strap in front of your ear and the other behind your ear, meeting just below your earlobes.
  • The chin strap should be buckled at your throat and be secure, so it does not slip from side to side or up and down.

Visit our bike safety webpage for more information on ways to protect yourself and enjoy your bike ride!

Originally published June 15, 2021