San Jose Schools Fitting 2,500 Kids For Free Bike Helmets

SAN JOSE (KCBS)— San Jose’s Transportation Department has partnered with the Franklin-McKinley School District to teach kids in the district about bicycle safety.

For the second year, the two are working in conjunction and will fit children with an estimated 2,500 helmets to be distributed by October. The helmets are thanks to a $55,000 grant to the city from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

“They will receive pedestrian-bicycle safety education through the city’s nationally recognized street smart program,” said Devin Gianchandani, associate transportation specialist with the City of San Jose.

KCBS’ Melissa Culross Reports:

The children will be taught how to wear the helmets and the importance of wearing one he said.

Gianchandani said the Franklin-McKinley School District is specifically served because it’s a high risk, lower income neighborhood and that just because of a child’s zip-code, they shouldn’t be denied access to high standards of bicycle safety equipment.

The safety presentations will begin later this month.

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  • PeepsRepublik

    Teaching them safety in a schools job. Giving them helmets at tax payer expense is not.

  • Paul Brewer

    FREE ? ! ? Why do so many think a “GRANT” is something handed down from the sky ? This was paid for by YOU and I !
    Awwwww they shouldn’t be “denied” this “just because of their zip code” Okay….good for the kids but this is written for and percieved at face value by people with the IQ of SOUP ! Does another “zip code” desire anything ???

  • East Bay resident

    What do ‘the poor’ in silicon Valley actually pay for? Their housing is subsidized, as is their healthcare. They get vouchers for food and some group or other is constantly handing out free books, school supplies, bicycles and many other ‘necessities’ of modern life. Since their entire livelihood is subsidized – maybe this is why they can afford arms, alcohol and drugs? Perhaps if we asked people to start pulling more of their own weight that would be the crime solution. Until that day comes – where can I sign up to be ‘poor’.

    • unbelievable

      you are about the dumbest ashole i have ever know white trash.

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