Published on June 8, 2022

Tips for Bike Helmet Safety

It is now June, and the weather is warming up. Around this time, many of us prefer enjoying the great outdoors, including activities such as biking. Reduce the hazard of biking accidents and enjoy an injury-free summer. Here are quick tips to ensure bike and bike helmet safety during the spring and summer fun.

Top Safety Tips 

  • Pay Attention to What is Around You
    Make sure to perform shoulder checks whenever you want to turn or pass other cyclists. Keep an eye out for debris, holes and grates in the ground that are hazards for unexpected swerving and crashing. Weather conditions such as rainy days can also leave slippery roads for cyclists to ride on.
  • Do the ABC’s
    Quick processes like an ABC check can also improve safety.
    • (A)ir – verify you have firm tires that are ready to ride
    • (B)rakes – verify that your brakes are working and responsive 
    • (C)hain – ensure that your bike chain is secure, tight and gliding well
  • Learn the Rules of the Road
    Take time to learn the rules of the road and how to safely ride your bike. Bike Safety training is a great way to learn all the applicable safety best practices on the road, bike trails and mountains.
  • Gear Up
    Using biking gear that promotes safety and protection – wearing a helmet that fits is crucial – wearing a helmet is required by law for all riders under the age of 18 in Alberta. Wearing bright clothes, using reflective tape, using a bike bell/ horn and having bike lights are necessary to improve bike safety.

Top Bike Helmet Safety Tips for Children 

Take time to watch the following videos to understand more about bike safety and why wearing a bike helmet is essential:

It is the law for any child under the age of 18 to wear a bike helmet. The most serious of all potential bike injuries are head-related injuries and traumas. Children need to wear an approved label standard helmet to cycle. An approved label standard helmet can be any helmet certified by the following organizations:

  • CSA (Canadian Standards Association)
  • CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission)
  • Snell or ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)

Because bike helmets are single impact by nature, if your helmet was ever involved in a hard fall, it is time to get a new helmet. A bike helmet that provides your child with the most optimal protection is both lightweight and fits appropriately over the child’s head. The helmet also needs to have a comfortable fit and does not fall over the child’s eyes or ears. 

Ensure that your child’s helmet is safely secured and fits properly before bike riding. There should be roughly two finger widths of space between the front of the helmet and the child’s eyebrows. Straps must be in front of and behind the child’s ears and fasten comfortably underneath the child’s chin.

Note: second-hand helmets should never occur as the history of a helmet with a previous owner is unknown and may conflict with the single impact nature of bike helmets. 

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Last edited: June 8, 2022