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Free helmet giveaway for Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn set for Sunday

By Mason White 9:22 AM October 11, 2013
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By: Debbie Gross
An Orthodox Jewish New York City councilman has announced that the city will be giving away free helmets to Orthodox Jews in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, on Sunday.

Transportation officials will be in the Boro Park Y on Sunday, to distribute 600 bicycle helmets for free, Councilman David Greenfield announced.

The event, at 4912 14 Avenue, will be held between 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and helmets will be distributed on a to children and adults alike.

This helmet giveaway comes at a time when the popularity of cycling has exploded throughout the city, driven by the construction of hundreds of miles of bike lanes and the city bike-sharing program, CitiBike.

According to the Department of Transportation, biking more than doubled in New York City between 2007 and 2011. As a result of improvements in infrastructure and security initiatives, the rate of serious injuries and deaths among commuter cyclists has dropped by 75 percent in the last decade.

The DOT has distributed more than 50,000 helmets to cyclists in the city since 2006, and plans to distribute an additional 10,000 helmets in the next two years.