Buying a helmet

Wearing a properly fitted bike helmet can drastically reduce your risk of head and facial injuries if you’re involved in a crash. Always wear a helmet while riding a bicycle.

Where to buy a low-cost bike helmet:

  • $10 pay by check: Harvard Chan School’s Operations Office (Kresge LL-15).
  • $10 pay by check: HMS’ Parking Office (180B Longwood Ave, room 132). Emergency rental helmets available upon request.
  • $10: Harvard University Campus Service Center (room 807) in the Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Ave in Cambridge.
  • $12: Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s gift shop (hours here).
  • $16 cash only: Prudential Center’s customer service desk.

How to properly fit a bike helmet:

Bike helmet fit

  • Your helmet should sit level on your head, not tilted backward, to fully protect your forehead
  • When you shake your head from side to side, your helmet should not move more than 1/2″
  • You should be able to see the visor of your helmet, if you have one, when you look forward
  • The straps on the side of your head should form a V just under your ear lobes

Want to add a store to the list? Email bikes@hsph.harvard.edu.