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Choosing a Helmet

For your family’s safety, keep it simple. You need to wear a helmet, every single time you ride your bike. Wearing a bike helmet increases your chances of surviving a fall or collision and helps prevent brain injury.

Why is it important to wear helmets?

Properly fitted helmets:

  • save lives
  • decrease severity of injury
  • reduce risk of brain injury by over 85%

Helmet Laws

Did you know that 8 out of 10 provinces have helmet laws?  Check the following Canadian provinces to see who must, by law, wear helmets while cycling:

British Columbia – all cyclists

Manitoba – cyclists under 18

Alberta – cyclists under 18

Ontario – cyclists under 18

Nova Scotia – all cyclists

New Brunswick – all cyclists

Newfoundland – all cyclists

Prince Edward Island – all cyclists

How to Safely Wear a Helmet

Follow these useful steps to ensure helmets fit properly:


Save, read, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions that come with your helmet.


Put on your helmet and make sure it fits snugly. With the helmet on your head, try to move it gently from side to side and back and forth. The helmet should be snug enough to move your skin.


If needed, use the thicker foam padding provided with the helmet to make it snugger.


Check that the helmet covers your head properly. The front edge of the helmet should be positioned two fingers above the eyebrows to protect the forehead.


Adjust the straps to meet in a V shape just below your ears.


Tighten or loosen the straps to ensure that only one finger fits between your chin and chinstrap.

(Nova Scotia Bicycle Safety, Ministry of Transportation — Ontario)

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