Six months after a Portland bicycle and car crash landed him in intensive care, retired football star Joey Harrington is working to put that experience to good use, according to Bike Portland. Harrington plans to combine his celebrity with his experience as an Oregon bike accident victim to promote children’s bicycle safety.
Bike Portland reports that the fundraiser, the “Bridge to Breakers – Helmets for Kids” ride, will be a 100-mile group ride on September 30. According to a statement released by the Harrington Family Foundation “the foundation would like to channel the attention from this accident to educate our community to the hazards associated with bicycle travel with the aim of reducing and preventing injuries to children.”
The injuries the former Oregon and NFL star suffered last August brought attention to Portland bicycle safety issues. He was clipped from behind by a passing car and, according to newspaper reports around the time of the accident, only avoided a severe Oregon traumatic brain injury because he was wearing a helmet.
We should all applaud Harrington’s attempt to build something good from his own traumatic experience. From an Oregon bicycle injury lawyer’s perspective, anything that raises awareness of cyclists among drivers is a good thing. Anything that gets more kids to wear helmets in an effort to cut down on Oregon injuries to children is even better. According to Bike Portland, “funds raised through the ride will be used to purchase helmets, which will then be given to local non-profits for use in youth bike-safety programs.” Harrington’s foundation also intends to offer smaller non-profits training and other resources to help them carry out their end of the program.