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Officers give out hundreds of helmets to cyclists on Commonwealth Avenue

Posted by Your Town  May 14, 2013 01:00 PM

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Police officials from BU, Boston, and Brookline are teaming up this week to give away hundreds of free helmets to cyclists riding in the Commonwealth Avenue area, to prevent accidents and spread awareness about biking safety.

Boston University Sgt. Larry Cuzzi said Monday afternoon that police officers had handed out nearly 75 helmets that morning. He estimated that they would donate hundreds by Wednesday evening, when the giveaway ends.

“A very small number of people declined on taking the helmet,” Cuzzi said Monday afternoon in a phone interview.

Cuzzi said cited several reasons for the initiative. In December, a BU student was killed while biking to class on Commonwealth Avenue. Cuzzi also said that there has been a significant spike in cycle riding with the creation of bike lanes and the popularity of Hubway bike share.

The officers held two sessions Monday, and will donate helmets again on Wednesday, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Cuzzi said. In addition to handing out helmets, which are purchased by BU, the officers also issue citations to cyclists who violate traffic laws.

“The city is growing fast when it comes to cycling,” he said. “We are trying to stay ahead of the curb and keep people safe.”

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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