Information on Bike Helmets

Citi Bike encourages all cyclists to wear a bike helmet while riding – and it's the law for riders under 17 in New Jersey!

Here are some tips for fitting your helmet:

  • Wear it level on your head, about two finger-widths above your eyebrows.
  • Make sure your helmet fits snugly on your head and does not rock side-to-side.
  • Buckle the chin strap and make sure it’s tight enough – you should only be able to fit about two fingers between your chin and the strap.

Don’t own a helmet? Here are 4 ways to save:

1. Buy a Triple 8 Helmet from Citi Bike.

Citi Bike has just released limited-edition branded helmets made by Triple Eight. These all-new, limited-edition helmets by Triple Eight are the perfect companion to navigate the urban jungle or a wooded trail. Both have a secure, custom fit no matter how rugged the terrain.

Get yours here

2. Get $10 off a helmet from a local bike shop.

Along with your bike key new member packet, we’ll send you a coupon for $10 off a helmet from a participating local bike shop. Brands include Bell, Bern, Bontrager, Giro, Nutcase, Triple Eight or Uvex. Find participating bike shops in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Jersey City.

Note: Each coupon is valid for approximately 60 days after arriving in the mail, and must include your member key number (found under the barcode) in order to be redeemed.

Bike shop staff: see reimbursement information or contact Citi Bike Citi Bike at for assistance.

3. Save on a custom helmet.

You can also choose to redeem your Citi Bike coupon for a one-of-a-kind helmet from the following stores:

  • 10% off a hand-painted Inkwell Helmet, designed by artist Danielle Baskin to show that “safety doesn’t have to compromise style.”
  • $10 off a stylish Sawako helmet, created by designer Sawako Furuno and inspired by her Japanese heritage. (Discount code: CITI-$10)
  • $10 off a “hidden” Bandbox helmet, invented by Dr. Cheryl Allen-Munley as a fashionable alternative to a standard bike helmet. The helmet is disguised as a hat!

Note: Contact the companies directly to redeem your Citi Bike discount.

4. Get a free helmet at a DOT class.

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) holds periodic helmet fitting classes, at which they give out free helmets while supplies last. Call 311 to schedule a fitting, or find a class in your area.