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Breakstone, White & Gluck's Project KidSafe campaign

Breakstone, White & Gluck donated bike helmets to support the International Institute of New England and Bikes Not Bombs as they work to collect bikes for Afghan refugees.

Breakstone, White & Gluck was pleased to donate 60 bicycle helmets to support the International Institute of New England (IINE) and community groups as they give Afghan refugees bikes for transportation.

IINE has been working with many companies, organizations and individuals to help Afghan refugees resettle in the Boston area. IINE and Bikes Not Bombs in Jamaica Plain are now seeking donations of used adult bicycles (in good or repairable condition). Bikes Not Bombs and other volunteers will conduct safety checks and make minor repairs before bikes are distributed to those in need.

Each bike will be given away with a helmet, lock, light, and bike safety literature. Bikes Not Bombs will donate free bike lights and provide discounted bike locks while Breakstone, White & Gluck has donated a supply of helmets. MassBike helped IINE prepare the bike literature in the Dari and Pashtu languages. Others, such as Rozzie Bikes and Temple Emmanuel of Newton, have also been involved or have expressed interest in collecting bikes or supporting the effort, IINE’s volunteer coordinator said. The organization is not sure how many bikes they will need or ultimately give away over the next few months.

According to Bikes Not Bombs and IINE, hundreds of refugees have arrived since the fall of Afghanistan and are in need of assistance to be mobile in their communities, to access various resources, and to commute to work — all vital first steps towards self-sufficiency.

“Breakstone, White & Gluck is happy to provide bike helmets to families who are making new lives in America after having recently escaped from Afghanistan,” said Attorney Ron Gluck of Breakstone, White & Gluck. “We hope that these families enjoy safe riding and have a peaceful transition to their new surroundings in the Boston area.”

“The refugees have a real need for bicycles,” said Alan Wright of Rozzie Bikes, who is repairing bikes along with Bikes Not Bombs. “Transportation is a big barrier. In the first few months, the refugees have to get to doctor’s appointments, go out and do groceries and attend English as a Second Language classes. Then they need to find work. And it can take six months to get a driver’s license.”

Bikes Not Bombs and IINE are collecting adult bikes which are in good or repairable condition. If you are interested in donating a bike, please fill out the IINE’s form: https://iine.wufoo.com/forms/z6cvn5q0go3y5q/.

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Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business award

The League of American Bicyclists has recognized Breakstone, White & Gluck as a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business.

BOSTON – (February 2022) – The League of American Bicyclists recently recognized Breakstone, White & Gluck with a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award for the second time. Breakstone, White & Gluck joins 34 other bicycle-friendly businesses in Massachusetts and is one of just two law firms recognized in New England. The League announced the awards in late January.

Breakstone, White & Gluck was recognized for its Project KidSafe campaign and 10 years of building strong community partnerships to reach low-income children and others with bicycle helmets. Breakstone, White & Gluck and its community partners – over 50 police departments, bike committees and local groups – have now given away over 33,000 bicycle helmets to children since 2013.

“We congratulate Breakstone, White & Gluck, which is most definitely a bicycle-friendly business worth celebrating,” said Galen Mook, executive director of MassBike. “Through the Project KidSafe campaign, the firm has given away thousands of helmets to help protect children and other cyclists, while also helping many groups organize community events that focus on cycling. This award is recognition for all the collaborations.”

By donating free helmets, Breakstone, White & Gluck wants to encourage children to wear a helmet– every time they ride.

“It’s critical that children have a helmet and wear one every time they ride a bike to protect against head injuries,” said David W. White, Marc L. Breakstone and Ronald E. Gluck. “A child’s brain is going to take them through life so we want them to have fun riding but to always protect themselves.”

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Breakstone, White & Gluck partners with the Quincy Police Department on bike safety since 2017. See more photos.

Support for Police Departments

The law firm has committed to supporting police departments with helmet donations through its Project KidSafe campaign. In 2021, the firm partnered with police departments in Boston, Cambridge, Quincy, Everett, Lynn, Brockton, Randolph, Dedham, Norwood, Waltham and Arlington.

With the Project KidSafe donations, the Lynn Police Department has given away free helmets to children at community events, such as the Latino Festival and at the local YMCA. In 2021, the department hosted a Bicycle Safety Day for children age 11 and younger.

“The donations have helped us give a lot of helmets to children who needed one, who may not have otherwise had one,” said Lynn Police Chief Christopher P. Reddy. “The helmets have also helped us engage the kids in a positive way and promote safety.”

Support for Schools and Community Groups

The firm’s partners include MassBikeMassachusetts Safe Routes to School and Bikes Not Bombs of Jamaica Plain, which teaches children and teens how to build their own bikes through its Bike School. Students get to take the bikes home and Breakstone, White & Gluck gives each student a free helmet to encourage safe riding.

Safe Routes to School uses the Project KidSafe donation to give students in low-income communities a helmet so they can participate in school bike rodeos, special programming and events, such as the Lawrence Ciclovia.

“The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program is appreciative of the ongoing partnership with Project KidSafe. Through their annual helmet donation, our Program is able to provide 400 helmets to students in low-income communities as they go through our bike safety trainings,” said Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program Director, Diane Hanson. “Making sure our students have the right equipment and knowledge to stay safe while biking to and from school is one of the main goals for our Program.”

Last year, as part of the collaboration, Breakstone, White & Gluck teamed up with Safe Routes to School to donate helmets to support the Framingham Public Schools and local businesses and organizations, which surprised 100 middle school students with new bikes so they had another way of getting to school. COVID-19 restrictions had limited seating capacity on school buses. The partnership included the United Way of Tri-County, Jewish Family Services of MetroWest, 1854 Cycling and Crimson Bikes.

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Safe Routes to School distributes free Project KidSafe helmets at the Lawrence Ciclovia.

In Lowell, Breakstone, White & Gluck has partnered with The Bike Connector, a non-profit, volunteer and community-based program which refurbishes and donates bikes to children and families who need one. The Bike Connector was initially founded to help high school students find affordable and reliable transportation, but now helps more family members.

“We couldn’t be more grateful to Breakstone, White & Gluck and their Project KidSafe campaign,” said Wade Rubenstein, founder and president of The Bike Connector in Lowell. “With the firm’s support, The Bike Connector has been able to give away 600 bikes with helmets to help children and families in Lowell over the past two years.”

Rubenstein continued, “It’s been a great relief to be able to cross this need off our list. We can focus on finding and repairing bikes to help as many people as we can, and to building our local community partnerships to help us connect with families in need. Families often need a few bikes, as well as helmets to ride safely. We are really thankful.”

Support for Bike Clubs and Bike Events in Boston

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Attorney Reza Breakstone with Shavel’le Olivier of Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition at Mattapan on Wheels in 2021.

In addition to its work to protect children, Breakstone, White & Gluck was recognized for more than 20 years of supporting bicycle clubs and safety advocacy organizations, including MassBikeBoston Cyclists UnionCharles River WheelersNortheast Bicycle Club and the New England Mountain Bicycle Association (NEMBA).

Over the past few years, Breakstone, White & Gluck also began new donations and has participated in Mattapan on Wheels and the National Bike to Work Festival on Boston City Hall Plaza. These special events offer many cyclists – students and commuters as well as families – their first experience on a bike in Boston. Breakstone, White & Gluck has donated helmets to help cyclists get started riding safely.

“Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition (MFFC) is grateful for our partnership with Breakstone, White & Gluck and their donations of helmets every year,” said Shavel’le Olivier, executive director of the coalition, which organizes the Mattapan on Wheels Bike-a-Thon. “We strive to bring more awareness to alternative ways to get around Mattapan and being able to distribute helmets helps residents feel much safer and may encourage them to ride their bikes a little more.”

About The League of American Bicyclists

The League of American Bicyclists is leading a movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone and celebrates businesses that encourage and support cycling through the Bicycle Friendly Business Program. With its recent announcement, the League has now honored 1,471 businesses since 2008.

About Breakstone, White & Gluck, PC

Founded in 1992, Breakstone, White & Gluck is a Boston law firm that specializes in personal injury law. The firm has been consistently recognized for its results and was recently recognized again with Tier 1 rankings in personal injury and medical malpractice law in the 2022 edition of U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”

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On Saturday morning, Breakstone, White & Gluck was pleased to join the cyclists who came out for the 11th Annual Mattapan on Wheels Bike-a-Thon.

Our law firm gave away helmets to cyclists of all ages who took the ride as part of our Project KidSafe campaign to protect against head injuries. Attorney Reza Breakstone was out fitting the helmets at our Project KidSafe tent.

Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition (MFFC) and the Vigorous Youth host the popular event each year and with Mother Nature on their side, there was a strong turnout, with 106 cyclists participating.

The goal of the Mattapan on Wheels event is to have fun and encourage cycling. Cyclists are given all the tools they need to participate. They can sign up to borrow a bike from the Blue Bikes rideshare or Boston Bikes, a City of Boston program.

Breakstone, White & Gluck also donates helmets, so this is truly an event open to anyone who wants to come out and try cycling in this part of the city or along the Lower Neponset River Trail.

Participants had their choice of bike routes. The 8-mile family ride traveled out to Tenean Beach in Dorchester. The 10-mile intermediate ride encouraged both sightseeing and riding on city roads. Cyclists were introduced to the new protected bike lanes along Cummings Highway and American Legion Highway.

The experienced ride was a scenic 13-mile route to Wollaston Beach in Quincy.

About Breakstone, White & Gluck and Our Project KidSafe Campaign

Breakstone, White & Gluck is a Boston personal injury law firm. We founded our Project KidSafe campaign in 2013, with a goal of encouraging cyclists to wear a helmet every time they ride. By taking this important step, you can focus on enjoying your bike and protect against the risk of head injury.

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Quincy Police bicycle helmet donation

Left to Right: Quincy Police Officer Christopher Bulger, Attorney David W. White, Quincy Police Lt. Robert Bina and Quincy Police Officer William Mitchell.

Breakstone, White & Gluck is pleased to continue our partnerships for bike safety with local police departments in the Boston area.

As part of our Project KidSafe campaign, Breakstone, White & Gluck will donate children’s bicycle helmets to 11 local police departments during 2021.

In June, our attorneys were pleased to deliver helmets to the Quincy Police DepartmentLynn Police DepartmentNorwood Police DepartmentBrockton Police Department and Randolph Police Department. We donate the helmets, but each department decides the best way to give them away to children in their community who need one – or who need a new one – to ride safely. The police departments may organize a bike rodeo, safety event or set up a table at a community festival. Or officers may keep the helmets on hand to give away as they come across children who need one.

Attorney David W. White gathers with members of the Lynn Police Department.

Attorney David W. White visits with Lynn Police Chief Christopher P. Reddy and his officers in mid-June. As part of our Project KidSafe campaign, Breakstone, White & Gluck was proud to donate children’s bicycle helmets to Lynn PD again.

 

Attorney David W. White of Breakstone, White & Gluck delivers free children's bicycle helmets to Norwood Police Chief William G. Brooks.

Norwood Police Chief William G. Brooks with Attorney David W. White. Breakstone, White & Gluck donated bicycle helmets to Norwood Police to give away to local children who need one.

 

Brockton Police Department receives donation of children's bicycle helmets from Boston law firm of Breakstone, White & Gluck

Brockton Police Chief Emanuel C. Gomes and his officers receive a bicycle helmet donation from Breakstone, White & Gluck and our Project KidSafe campaign.

 

Attorney David W. White delivers free children's bike helmets to Randolph Police Chief Anthony Marag

From left: Attorney David W. White delivered bicycle helmets to Randolph Police Chief Anthony Marag for the department’s bike safety event on June 26, 2021.

 

Read about our donation to Randolph Police.

Breakstone, White & Gluck

Breakstone, White & Gluck is a top-rated Boston personal injury law firm. Through our Project KidSafe campaign, our lawyers have donated more than 33,000 bicycle helmets to children across Massachusetts. We are committed to encouraging children to protect themselves and during 2021, we plan to make donations to local police departments, community organizations, bicycle committees and Massachusetts Safe Routes to School.

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