Bicycling is a wonderful form of exercise and transportation and a great way to stay active.  Cycling, however, does have its risks. In Canada, cycling is the leading cause of sports 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.  Fractures  and head injuries are the most common serious bike injuries.

Follow these tips to protect you and your family when cycling.

  • All cyclists should wear a helmet for every ride, even if just going down the street or to the park.
  • In Manitoba, it is mandatory for all riders under 18 years of age to 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.
  • Helmet should be certified by CPSC, CSA, Snell, or ASTM.
  • If you are a parent, you should always wear a helmet when cycling. You are important to your family and need to protect yourself. You are also a strong role model for your children.
  • Wear helmets correctly and always fasten the straps. Follow 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,
    • and only 1 finger should fit between your chin and the chin strap.
  • Bike helmets are “single-use” helmets. Replace your helmet:
    • after a fall or crash
    • if it is damaged
    • is it is over 5 years old
  • Learn and follow the rules of the road such as hand signals, how to use bike lanes and navigate traffic.
  • Wear bright colours and reflective clothing so you can be seen by other road traffic.
  • Remember that younger children should always cycle with a parent. Before age 9 most children do not have the maturity and skills to cycle safely on the road alone.