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Posted on: May 3, 2023

Lenoir receives bicycle helmet grant from NCDOT

NCDOT free bicycle helmets graphic

The City of Lenoir has received a second bicycle helmet grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The City will give away the helmets during the Lenoir Bicycle Festival happening in June.

The City received 100 helmets from the grant last year, and will receive another 100 helmets this year. The free helmets are a mixture of toddler boys and girls and small, medium, and large sizes in red, yellow, and blue. 

City staff will give away the helmets during the 2nd annual Lenoir Bicycle Festival being held from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday, June 3, 2023, in Downtown Lenoir. The City Police Department will host a bicycle safety class during the festival. Anyone who participates in the bicycle safety class will receive a free helmet, while they last.

"We're looking forward to hosting the Lenoir Bicycle Festival again in 2023, and we're excited to have some bicycle helmets to giveaway this year," City of Lenoir Mayor Joe Gibbons said. "I want to thank NCDOT for offering this grant, and I want to thank all the state's residents who buy the 'Share the Road' license plate, which helps fund this program. We really enjoyed the first Bicycle Festival last year, and we hope a lot people come out for round two."

Bicycle helmets from the NCDOT Bicycle Helmet Initiative

The City of Lenoir will 100 to 200 bicycle helmets to give away during the 2nd Annual Lenoir Bicycle Festival being held, Saturday, June 3, 2023, in Downtown Lenoir.


The Lenoir Bicycle Festival is a celebration of bicycles. This year's festival will be held on World Bicycle Day.

There will be a lot of free activities during the event including a free-ride lane around downtown and a bicycle safety class. There will also be obstacle courses and a time trial with prizes. Visitors can try out  the Impossible Backwards Bicycle, and kids will love the Touch A Trucks. Bicycle shops and community group vendors will be on site, and there will be drawings for lots of prizes.

Mark your calendars and come ride around Downtown Lenoir on June 3 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm!

A boy rides on an obstacle course at the Lenoir Bicycle Festival May 14, 2022

In the foreground, a boy tackles an obstacle course during the 1st annual Lenoir Bicycle Festival held May 14, 2022, in Downtown Lenoir. In the background, riders cruise around the free-ride line in Downtown Lenoir.

A lady with a Margaritaville bike at the Lenoir Bicycle Festival May 14, 2022

A local resident shows off her Margaritaville bicycle during the Lenoir Bicycle Festival held May 14, 2022.

A girl finishes the time trial at the Lenoir Bicycle Festival May 14, 2022

A young girl completes the time trial during the 1st annual Lenoir Bicycle Festival held May 14, 2022, in Downtown Lenoir.

Magic Cycles staff helps repair a bicycle during the 2022 Lenoir Bicycle Festival

A staff member of Magic Cycles in Boone, NC, provides free bicycle repairs and checks during the Lenoir Bicycle Festival in 2022.


The "Share the Road" License Plate is available to everyone who registers a vehicle in North Carolina. Proceeds from the sale of each plate go toward the NCDOT Integrated Mobility Division's Bicycle Helmet Initiative. Click the following link to read more about the plate, "Share the Road" License Plate.

The Integrated Mobility Division administers state and federal funds for public transportation, bicycle, and pedestrian programs. The division's mission is to provide leadership for safe, affordable, and innovative multimodal transportation throughout North Carolina.

Click the following link to read more about the Integrated Mobilty Division, https://connect.ncdot.gov/projects/BikePed/Pages/Bicycle-Helmet-Initiative.aspx.

NCDOT Share the Road Specialty License Plate

The Bicycle Helmet Imitative  is funded with proceeds from the state's "Share the Road" specialty license plate.

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