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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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