Today I went to get a free bike helmet from the city. I've been cycling more often lately and my helmet is pretty banged-up. I know about the city's program and erroneously thought that I could just call 311 and be connected to someone who would take my mailing address and the helmet would arrive in the mail some days later. No, you have to go to these Free Bike and Fitting Events, where they measure your head and make sure the helmet fits you fine. You have to sign a waiver, too. Go to http://www.nyc.gov/portal/site/nycgov/menuitem.e2d70d4cd03b6dd1d3e3711042289da0 , click Select Category, choose Bike Helmet Fittings, then click Show Events. I don't know why they don't just call it Helmet Giveaway. Bike Helmet Fittings sound like you have to bring your own helmet for them to help you adjust. I went to the event at the Central Library of the Brooklyn Public Library. The line was longish and it moved slowly, but the weather was beautiful and I had a paperback book with me so the wait was not so bad. Eventually I got my helmet, a blue one, red and grey being the other two color choices. While I was at the library, I also picked up a few audiobooks. Ah, free is good. Thank you, New York City!
|Bike rack on Warren Street near City Hall.|