The first signs of the season offer a perfect opportunity to pull out our bikes from the garage. Before you take the first spin, however, make sure it’s ready to roll. Check your bell, ensure those lights and reflectors are working, pump some air into those tires, give your brakes a squeeze. And then have a good look at your helmet.
Keep in mind that Ontario law requires every cyclist under the age of 18 to wear an approved helmet when riding on a public road. And, while helmets are not compulsory for cyclists over 18 in Ontario, it’s still highly recommended. It’s not hard to see why.
Around 7,500 cyclists are seriously injured every year. According to the Ministry of Transportation, in Ontario – where helmet use is known – 63% of cyclists who died between 2010 and 2014 as the result of a cycling collision were not wearing a helmet. It’s an especially sobering reality considering our growing love for cycling in the province.