Cycling is a fun and healthy activity, it is a low-cost way to get around, and it is good for the environment.
Before you head out on a bike, learn all about helmet safety:
1. Make sure your and your child’s helmet still fits:
Know the 2V1 rule to fit a bicycle helmet. Put the helmet on and ensure it is level and not tilting backwards or forwards. Then check the following:
- TWO fingers distance from helmet to eyebrow
- V-shape straps around each ear
- ONE finger between chin and fastened strap
2. Replace your helmet:
- After a crash or large impact, even if you cannot see any damage.
- When it does not fit anymore.
- If the helmet gets a crack or dent, or if the straps tear.
- Five years after the manufacturing date (this date is on a sticker in or on the helmet).
3. It’s the law:
- In Ontario, the Highway Traffic Act makes it mandatory for anyone under the age of 18 to wear a certified helmet while riding a bicycle.
- Helmets are not compulsory for adults over 18; but a helmet can reduce the risk of a head injury or death if you fall or collide. It is recommended that all riders wear helmets.
Need a new helmet?
Ottawa Public Health is partnering with sports retailers across Ottawa to offer you a discount on helmets – for the 7th year in a row!
Take advantage of this great opportunity and find a store near you to get a discount on your next helmet – Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th only!