Get Ready, Put on Your Helmets, Go!

July 16th, 2015

Head injuries continue to be the leading cause of death among cyclists.

There are an estimated 4 million cyclists throughout Québec, and yet caution should be exercised when practicing this popular sport. In 2012, head injuries were the leading cause of death among cyclists. Such injuries are the most serious and account for 60% of deaths and 30% of severe injuries.

Bike helmets have proven effective. Do not hesitate to seek expert advice when purchasing a bike helmet. It should be approved by at least one of the following organizations: CSA, CPSC or ASTM. These certifications are a guarantee of protection that complies with manufacturing performance and strength standards.

But buyer beware! A bike helmet has an estimated useful life ranging from 3 to 5 years. Exposure to the sun can alter the helmet's materials, and the helmet can become less reliable following a shock or accident. Exercise extreme caution if you decide to purchase a used helmet.

In order to be effective, a bike helmet must be securely fastened and stable. Double-check the helmet adjustment on children. Starting at age 1 and up to 5 or 6 years, a child can ride in a bike trailer. It is recommended that children always wear a bike helmet. Put it on every time you ride your bike, even for short distances. 

Here are a few useful links to learn more about bike helmets and road safety for cyclists: 

 


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