As part of LLNL's commitment to safety, bicycle helmets are being offered free to Lab employees through a new ongoing institutional program.
Frank Russo, principal associate director of the Operations and Business Principal Directorate said: "We want to do everything we reasonably can to promote a safe work environment. Head injuries can be debilitating, yet they are a common and preventable injury. We are instituting this program as part of the Lab's commitment to safety."
A properly fitted bicycle helmet is highly effective in preventing traumatic brain injury. Even moderate brain injury can result in problems with comprehension, memory, speed of thinking and behavior. For your safety, using your helmet every time you ride a bicycle is encouraged.
How to obtain your helmet during the September kick-off
Authorized vendors will be on site during the month of September.
- Tuesdays, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 (Vendor: Cal Bicycles)
- Wednesdays, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 (Vendor: Livermore Cyclery) 1– 4 p.m. (all days)
- Discovery Center/Uncle Credit Union parking lot
To obtain your helmet, download a voucher and follow the instructions on the form.
Bring your completed voucher with you. The employee information on the form must match your badge identification. Each employee is eligible for one helmet.
For questions about the Bicycle Helmet Program, contact Jose Pineda at (925) 423-7173.
An experienced rider testifies to the importance of well-fitted helmet
One person who knows the importance of wearing a bike helmet is Art Wong, associate director of Strategic Human Resources Management. Wong, a long-time bicycle rider, for fitness, recreation and commuting was involved in an accident several years ago.
"I was hit by a car and thrown from my bike. Luckily, I was not seriously injured, but when I inspected my helmet, I could see that it had cracked in several places, just as it is designed to do upon impact."
Wong said that one of the things he enjoys about the sport is analyzing ways to upgrade the components on his bike. "I admit I spend a lot of time studying bike part catalogs and keeping up with the latest technological trends and developments. However, the most important piece of equipment I have is my bike helmet."
Maintenance also is a key factor, he adds. "It's very important that all my bike equipment is well maintained, that it functions and is adjusted properly. This includes my helmet. Just as I check my tires for wear and proper inflation and replace my brake cables on a regular basis, before every ride, I always check to make sure my helmet is not damaged, and that the straps are adjusted and not worn."
Wong states that no one wants it to happen, but if you ride your bike long enough, there is always the chance you may be involved in an accident.
"I can't help but wonder what might have happened had I not been wearing a helmet the day of my accident. Helmets save lives and help prevent serious injury."