When I see people riding bikes without helmets, I want to shout, "Don't think about your HAIR, think about your FAMILY!"
Or... "If you get a head injury, you might not be YOU anymore."
Or... "When it's bike vs. car, the bike NEVER WINS."
Or... As a first grader taught me, "You can get a robot leg, but you can't get a robot brain!" (Heck, I'd flash some leg, too, if I thought it would help!)
Of course this is Philly. Offering advice to complete strangers -- even with the best intentions -- is not the smartest move.
And so I came up with an idea to spread the word: A BIKE HELMET BLITZ.
We gather in Old City, armed with 500 lime green helmet coupons and 300 yards of twine. We set off to walk a 5K.
We hand them out to passers-by.
|Our green coupons look great on them!|
We make special stops at the city's bright blue "bike share" stations, which have popped up everywhere. They're strictly BYOH -- Bring Your Own Helmet.
By lunchtime, every bike east of Broad Street has been blitzed with helmet coupons.
|That's my story -- the Cliffs Notes version anyway!|
After 5 years, I look a little different, but I'm STILL ME. I attribute much of that to the fact that I was wearing a helmet.
I wish I could shout it to every biker that passes. I wish I could install a helmet dispenser at every bike share station. I wish I could make more of an impact.
But we carry on the best way we can.
And for now, this way is mine.
Thanks to the family and friends who joined me to paint the town green! Thanks to all of you who are wearing your Got Helmet t-shirts! And thanks to Community Bikes and Boards for giving us an awesome helmet discount!
Or survives an accident...
Or carries on...
We will have made a difference.
Maybe we already have.
Yes, there's a video!
Click here to see the BIKE HELMET BLITZ -- and a quick recap of the last 5 years!