NORTHAMPTON, Mass (WWLP) – March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, Berkshire Family And Individual Resources (BFAIR) and Greylock Federal Credit Union are teaming up with All Out Adventures to distribute bike helmets in Northampton.

All Out Adventures operates about 180 outdoor programs each year for people who have disabilities throughout Massachusetts. BFAIR, a Berkshire County organization that provides many services to adults and children with developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and autism, helped distribute helmets that were purchased by Greylock Federal Credit Union.

“We want to make sure people outside riding bikes have access to a properly fitted bike helmet. Fifty to 60 percent reduced chance of injury if they’re in a crash,” said Karen Foster from All Out Adventures.

BFAIR CEO Rich Weisenflue told 22News, “March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, what better to do than to protect your head while cycling. For safety, it’s number one.”

Helmets should be replaced after a crash or if they are more than five years old. In the United States, more than 5.3 million people have a brain injury.

Organizers told 22News that even the most experienced bikers need to wear a helmet because you never know what will be ahead… a vehicle, another biker, or anything else.