ARDC developed  the Helmet Hero Program in 2007. In the years since its inception, the program has provided bicycle and helmet safety education curriculum to tens of thousands of third grade students in our region. The overall goal of the program is to reduce dangerous bicycling behavior by teaching youth to ride safely and effectively. There is an emphasis on teaching students that when they ride their bikes, they are in the driver’s seat and we use the verb ‘drive one’s bike’ which always leads to interesting conversations in the classroom. The program includes 30-45 minutes of in-class instruction that integrates safety messages, messages about active, healthy lifestyles, and educational opportunities for bicyclists. The program is delivered in third grade classrooms throughout Northeast Minnesota. Bicycle helmets are distributed and fit to each student’s head at no charge. Check out our Helmet Hero Info Sheet to learn more!


Walk! Bike! Fun! Curriculum
Bicycling in Minnesota – Minnesota Department of Transportation
National Center for Bicycling & Walking

More Information

For more information on ARDC’s Helmet Hero Program, please contact:

Jen MacKay
Bicycle Safety Instructor
221 West First STreet
Duluth, MN 55802