500 helmets to be given to Bikeshare members

Bikeshare users can get a free helmet this fall.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials in the District of Columbia are looking to give away 500 bike helmets to riders who use the Capital Bikeshare program to rent wheels.

District officials are in the process of ordering the helmets, which will be given out to Bikeshare members at bike events in the fall. City law doesn't require riders over the age of 16 to wear helmets, but District Department of Transportation spokesman John Lisle says the city wants to encourage their use.

Capitol Bikeshare is run by Washington and Arlington County and has more than 1,000 bikes for rent in 118 locations. Membership costs $75 for a year.

DDOT Bikeshare project manager Chris Holben says the city plans to order more helmets after the first 500.