Cycling, however, does have its risks. In Canada, cycling is the leading cause of sport and recreation injuries. By knowing the risks and taking action, you can help prevent a serious cycling injury.
One of the most common causes of cycling injuries is when the rider falls from the bike resulting in fractures and head injuries.
You and your family can stay safer when cycling, by:
- Wearing a helmet for every ride, even if just going down the street or to the park. In Manitoba, all riders under 18 years of age must wear a bike helmet. This includes children on a tricycle and children in a bike carrier or trailer. See our infant helmet guide for information on purchasing and fitting a helmet for a young child.
- Being a strong role model for your child. If you are a parent, be a great example to your children by always wearing a bike helmet too.
- Making sure helmets:
- are not damaged
- have not been in a crash (bike helmets are “single –use”)
- are less than 5 years old and
- are certified by CPSC, CSA, Snell, or ASTM.
- Fastening helmet correctly following the 2-V-1 rule:
- only 2 fingers should fit between your eyebrows and the helmet
- the straps should form a V around your ears
- only 1 finger should fit between your chin and the chin strap.
- Teaching your child the rules of the road such as hand signals, how to use bike lanes and navigate traffic.
- Wearing bright colours and reflective clothing so you can be seen by other road traffic.
- Always cycling with your young child. Before age 9 most children do not have the maturity and skills to cycle safely on the road alone.