Free helmets promote safe bike riding

The Nevada Deparment of Transportation provided three thousand helmets which were given away at three Las Vegas Valley locations to help stave off potential cyclist fatalities. The giveaway is a part of a reaction to the fact that the Las Vegas area has seen seven bike related fatalities in 2015 compared to zero at this time last year. The common thread in all of these fatalities is that none of the cyclist were wearing helmets.

 Matthew Freedman, 6, center, gets fitted for a bicycle helmet at the bicycle helmet giveaway at Black Mountain Recreation Center in Henderson, Saturday, July 18, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Matthew Freedman, 6, center, gets fitted for a bicycle helmet at the bicycle helmet giveaway at Black Mountain Recreation Center in Henderson, Saturday, July 18, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

 Bicycle helmets to be given away are shown at Black Mountain Recreation Center in Henderson, Saturday, July 18, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Bicycle helmets to be given away are shown at Black Mountain Recreation Center in Henderson, Saturday, July 18, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

 Bicycle helmets to be given away are shown at Black Mountain Recreation Center in Henderson, Saturday, July 18, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Bicycle helmets to be given away are shown at Black Mountain Recreation Center in Henderson, Saturday, July 18, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

 From left, Linda Floth fits Alexander Tabilog, Alec Tabilog, 3, Gina Tabilog, Guilia Tabilog, 7, and Adriel Tabilog, 6, for helmets at the bicycle helmet giveaway at Black Mountain Recreation Center in Henderson, Saturday, July 18, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

From left, Linda Floth fits Alexander Tabilog, Alec Tabilog, 3, Gina Tabilog, Guilia Tabilog, 7, and Adriel Tabilog, 6, for helmets at the bicycle helmet giveaway at Black Mountain Recreation Center in Henderson, Saturday, July 18, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

 Boxes full of bicycle helmets donated by Nevada Department of Transportation are shown at the helmet giveaway at Black Mountain Recreation Center in Henderson, Saturday, July 18, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Boxes full of bicycle helmets donated by Nevada Department of Transportation are shown at the helmet giveaway at Black Mountain Recreation Center in Henderson, Saturday, July 18, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

 Lisa Leonard gives a thumbs up to indicate a bike helmet that fits well at the helmet giveaway at Black Mountain Recreation Center in Henderson, Saturday, July 18, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Lisa Leonard gives a thumbs up to indicate a bike helmet that fits well at the helmet giveaway at Black Mountain Recreation Center in Henderson, Saturday, July 18, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)