by Becky Holcomb, staff writer
A bicycle helmet drive has been initiated by senior social work major Madison Dillon.
Dillon was an intern at a day program for people with brain injury called Hinds’ Feet Farm. Her supervisor at Hinds’ Feet Farm encouraged Dillon to start a helmet drive at Wilson.
According to Dillon, this initiative is also a response to the possibility of a helmet mandate on campus.
She is currently accepting helmet donations and plans to make them available for students to rent out.
“My personal goal is to obtain 15 helmets and implement this initiative before the end of the semester; currently I have three.”
Donations have been accepted from Motion Makers Bike Shop and REI.
The helmets will be stored in the Work Programs Office, Public Safety, and Outdoor Programs. They will be available for check out Monday through Friday after five, during Outdoor Programs’ office hours, and all day on weekends.
The purpose of this initiative is to provide free helmets that students can check out before getting on a bike. By doing this she hopes to spread brain injury awareness on campus and change our culture of not wearing helmets.
Dean of Work Ian Robertson said, “Many students on campus get in the car and automatically put on their seatbelt. Why is it that when they get on a bike they don’t automatically put a helmet on?”
Indeed, it is perplexing. Especially when statistics show that the universal use of helmets could prevent one death every day and one brain injury every four minutes.
Roberts, who also supervises Bike Crew, additionally said, “When I see students not wearing helmets I think to myself, they are taking a serious risk, and they don’t even know it.”
With the combined help of the community, Dillon hopes to promote helmet usage and to prevent brain injuries on campus. About 50 percent of all bicycle riders in the U.S. regularly wear
bicycle helmets – a rise from 18 percent in 1991.
However, this statistic is rather disconcerting considering that medical research shows 85 percent of bicyclists’ head injuries can be prevented by bicycle helmets.
If you want to donate a helmet, contact Maddy Dillon via email at firstname.lastname@example.org