Berkeley offers free bike helmets to all residents — really

The City of Berkeley is giving free bicycle/multi-use helmets to any Berkeley resident who wants one. No catch.

All you need to do to claim a helmet is turn up at the City of Berkeley Public Health Division at 1947 Center Street, on the 2nd Floor. Office hours are from 9am-5pm. No appointment necessary. The initiative to give out helmets is sponsored by the City of Berkeley Injury Prevention and Chronic Disease Prevention Program and the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Residents are limited to one per person. Adults and children need to come in person to get fitted and take home a helmet. And be aware that some sizes (such as “Large”) are limited. The offer is available until supplies run out.

For more information, contact the city’s Injury Prevention Program on 510-981 7676 or email nxiong@cityofberkeley.info to ask questions or if you wish to make an appointment.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside. Email: tracey@citysidejournalism.org.