Safe Cycling Project

Bicycles are associated with more childhood injuries than any other consumer product except the automobile. Our members are often called into service after a child has been terribly injured, or worse, while riding his or her bicycle, and those cases are truly heartrending.
The single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes is a helmet. Bicycle helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent and the risk of brain injury by as much as 88 percent. It is estimated that 75 percent of bicycle-related fatalities among children could be prevented with a bicycle helmet.
That’s why since 2003 Iowa Association for Justice (IAJ) members across the state have worked with the Iowa Foundation for Justice (IFJ) to outfit kids with the helmets that can save their lives and prevent tramatic injuries. A few years ago IAJ and IFJ teamed up with the Iowa Bicycle Coalition to launch a joint effort called the Safe Cycling Project. This is a continuing commitment for the Iowa groups.
Helmet requests are taken from communities and schools promoting bike safety with youth bike rodeo’s and/or RAGBRAI events. Over the years trial attorneys with IAJ and IFJ have outfitted more than 1,500 Iowa kids with safety helmets.

If you are interested in organizing a bike rodeo or bike ride in your community, the Safe Cycling Project may provide free bike helmets for the event. For more information please contact the Iowa Bicycle Coalition at 515-309-2867.

Here are some of the communities IAJ has assisted since 2003: 

- Bedford
- Bloomfield
- Fort Madison
- Oskaloosa
- Clinton
- Hiawatha
- Lake View
- Onawa
- Le Mars
- Sergeant Bluffs
- Waukee
- Bellevue
- Cedar Falls
- Cedar Rapids
- Dyersville
- Hampton
- Humbolt
- RockRapids
- Jefferson
- LeClaire
- Missouri Valley
- North Liberty
- Chariton
- Ottumwa
- Algona
- Belmond
- Central City
- Clear Lake
- Council Bluffs
- Des Moines
- Indianola
- Ankeny
- Sioux City
- Garrison