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Bicycle Helmet Safety

May 22, 2020

Officer Burnett with Municipal Enforcement would like to remind you that helmets are an important measure to stay safe when riding a bike. In Alberta, if you are under the age of 18, you must wear a helmet. Helmets must meet the CSA standards, so when purchasing a helmet be sure to look for the CSA decal inside the helmet.

A good-fitting helmet should be snug but not annoyingly tight. It should sit level on your head with the front edge one inch or less above your eyebrows so that your forehead is protected. Push the helmet from side to side and back to front. If it shifts noticeably, you need to adjust the fit.

When buckling and tightening the chin strap, the straps should form a V as they rest under each ear. With the chin strap buckled, open your mouth wide. The helmet should press against the top of your head as you do so. If not, tighten the strap a little and repeat.

Be sure to wear your helmet while riding and remember, if you helmet is over 5 years old or involved in a crash it needs to be replaced.