Cyclists are at risk of death or serious injury in the event of an accident if their bicycle helmet is unsafe or not correctly fitted. Make sure you only wear bicycle helmets that fit well and meet the requirements of the mandatory standard.
About bicycle helmets
A bicycle helmet offers protection to the cyclist’s head during impact, reducing the likelihood of injury in the event of an accident. It features a:
- retention strap fitted along the lower jaw area.
Risks and injuries
Cyclists may suffer death or serious injury in the event of an accident if the bicycle helmet they are wearing is:
- unsafe and does not adequately protect their head
- not correctly fitted to their head.
- Choose the right helmet for the right activity. Different sports or activities require different types of helmets. For example, bicycle helmets are generally designed for riding bicycles.
- Ensure the helmet fits properly. It should be comfortable, snug and level on your head. It should not tilt back, forward or move from side to side.
- Always wear a helmet when riding bicycles.
- Make sure the chin strap is securely buckled so that the helmet doesn't move during a fall or collision.
- Ensure your child always wears a helmet when riding a bicycle or other wheeled recreation toy, such as a scooter, tricycle, pedal car or skateboard.
- Ensure your child always removes their helmet when not riding. There is a risk of death or serious injury from hanging or strangulation where a helmet becomes caught on an object and the wearer becomes trapped.