Let's Be Careful Out There: Helmet Giveaway Supports E-Scooter Safety

University Relations

Many students and other area residents have already taken an e-scooter ride since the city of Fayetteville's first approved vendor launched its rental services last month. The university has implemented additional safety precautions for e-scooters on campus including automatically limiting the speed of scooters around the core of campus, but as e-scooter usage increases so does the potential for accidents.

With this in mind, the university urges students and other e-scooter riders to take three basic safety precautions:

  • Review and follow the basic safety rules and regulations (see chapter 6) for e-scooter usage including always yielding to pedestrian traffic.
  • Practice defensive riding (don't assume drivers will always know where you are or see you at all).
  • And always where a helmet.

Athough not mandated by law, riders are strongly encouraged to wear helmets. E-scooter vendors don't supply helmets with the e-scooter rentals so riders need to purchase their own helmets. 

E-Scooter Helmet Giveaway

In an effort to encourage the use of helmets when riding, the U of A Office For Sustainability is giving away a limited supply of helmets to e-scooter riders and cyclists. The helmets are available while supplies last at the Sustainability House (238 Harmon Ave.) during regular office hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bell Helmets generously sponsored the giveaway with 50 high quality multi-sport style helmets. The helmets are one-size-fits-all in a matte gray color finish.

To learn more, visit bike.uark.edu

About the Office for Sustainability: The mission of the University of Arkansas Office for Sustainability is to motivate, facilitate, and coordinate responsible practices through partnerships with students, faculty, and staff across all campus departments. The Office for Sustainability uses the campus as a living laboratory by overseeing the implementation of the University of Arkansas environmental goals. These programs are part of the U of A Resiliency Center, hosted by the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, and are supported by U of A Facilities Management. 

Contacts

Dane Eifling, bike and pedestrian coordinator
Office for Sustainability
479-575-3715, deifling@uark.edu

Eric Boles, director of communications
Office for Sustainability
479-575-2405, eboles@uark.edu

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