Research shows just how important it is to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle, regardless of age or experience level. It is especially crucial in larger cities that are often without designated bike lanes where cyclists are at a higher risk of being involved in an accident.
Properly fitted helmets are specifically designed to protect the head and brain from impact in the event of an accident and can reduce the risk of a serious head injury by up to 85%. Four out of five brain injuries could be prevented if every cyclist wore a helmet.
According to the law in Ontario, it is mandatory for everyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle.
This quick “2-V-1” rule from the Helmets on Kids website helps us remember how to get a helmet that fits properly:
No matter your experience level, riding a bicycle on busy city streets will entail unpredictable circumstances. Here are a few things to keep in mind for cyclists on the roads:
The simple fact is that throughout Ontario, city streets are designed for vehicles, not cyclists. With that said, cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers, which include:
The best defence against injury is prevention, not avoiding cycling. We recommend engaging in proper training, using the appropriate equipment and exercising caution when faced with potential risks.
We are a proud supporter of the “Helmets on Kids” campaign with the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and Brain Injury Association of London for the second year.
Therefore, Gosai Law is raising money to donate helmets to a local school in need. If you would like to learn more or donate, please visit our GoFundMe page.