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 helmets still fit:
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 18 years and older; 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 8th year in a row!
Find a store near you and get a discount on your next helmet – Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5.
Find more information about helmets and helmet safety: