Preventable Summer Contestby
With June being Bike Month in Metro Vancouver and Car Free Day coming up, it’s the perfect time to not only think about leaving the car at home but also about bike safety. As automatic as it may be to buckle up in your vehicle, it should equally be a ‘no brainer’ to pop a helmet on your head when heading out for a ride.
Preventable has asked me to spread the message about their summer campaign, which focuses on two main points. The first is that no matter what level of cyclist you may be (from courier, racer, downhill, cruiser, to BMX) should always practice bicycle safety and wear a helmet.
The second is that you don’t really expect to fall off your bicycle however the injuries sustained from any type of fall, at any speed, can be dreadfully serious. The goal of the Preventable campaign is to simply highlight that — preventable injuries that could have been avoided in the first place.
When purchasing a helmet, here’s what you should be looking for. There is the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) certification mark and you should also check to make sure the helmet is proper fit — not just any helmet will do. You should also buy a new helmet, rather than using one second-hand, and purchase a replacement every five years.
To you to practice safe-cycling this summer, avoiding preventable injuries, I have a $100 Sport Mart gift card to give away to a reader. The hope is that they will use this to purchase a helmet for their summer cycling.
Here’s how to enter to win:
You can learn more about the Preventable Community online as well as follow them on Twitter @Preventable for safety tips and information throughout the summer.
I will draw the contest winner this Friday, June 18th.
Update June 18, 2010 The winner is Kathy, congratulations & safe biking!
67 Comments — Comments Are Closed
Miss 604, my mellon needs protecting! I love bicycles!
I’m actually in the market for a new helmet, so there you go.
It’s funny to look back at the early years of growing up and how dead set against wearing helmets we were.
The great thing nowadays is the ones who are influential role models for the younger skaters/bikers, a vast majority of them wear the gear. Preventable progress i think.
this would be the perfect excuse to upgrade from my very dorky but much used helmet to something a little nicer!
Ooh I’d love a sleek new helmet!
For my son who is about to get his first trike.
If I had a helmet, then I would finally have to get a bike..!
It would be awesome to win a new helmet!
My girlfriend could use a new bike helmet, I’m not even sure she has one! So I would like to win this for her.
I’d be more likely to wear my helmet if I had a nice new one!
My head needs all the help it can get!
Helmets are cool
My current helmet is over ten years old, I could probably use a new one!
I was just thinking about getting a new helmet – I’ll wait until the contest is over to purchase:)
What a great contest! Everyone should wear a good helmet when biking.
I think I need a new helmet. It’s difficult to find one, apparently chinese people have more oblong shaped heads.
Helmets ftw! I see so many people who don’t wear theirs when riding. Frustrates me.
I am an avid helmet wearer. I’d give the gift certificate to a friend or family member who felt they were just too cool to protect themselves from head injuries.
My biggest pet peeve – when people cycle with their helmet hanging from their handlebar. What’s the point???
Helmets = yes, definitely; Helmet laws = unnecessary.
Already have a great helmet! Could use some other safety gear for my bike though, maybe bike armour, gloves, a light, reflector, and a pump…
I need one to use the bike my roommate left me when she left for Australia! 😀
i want to protect my boyfriends cute head!
It is important to know that once you’ve been in an accident with your bike helmet, you need to purchase a new one.
How do they get away with it in Europe?
ps pick me! 🙂
This would come in handy to get new helmets for the kids…they are outgrowing the old ones!
We just bought bikes. So this will be great to build up on some other safety gear. Thank you for the how-to pick a helmet.
Oh, I need a new helmet!
Agreed, I already wear a helmet but tonnes more people need to be converted.
I could use a new helmet, this weather is perfect for bike riding!
A new helmet would be great! Awareness about bike safety is great 🙂
I would love a new helmet
I would LOVE to get a new bike helmet!
I need a helmet, and I have a big head so it’s hard to find. $100 would help in that department.
I’m just getting back into cycling, now that the weather is starting to cooperate. Great contest idea!
I would love a new helmet!!
Water – Check.
Helmet – Check.
Rule of the Road – Check.
never hurts to wear a helmet.
My helmet could use replacing….the straps are kind of wonky….this would be great incentive to do it.
I could def use a new bike helmet, as mine doesn’t fit properly :p
Thanks for the awesome Preventable Summer Contest!
I’m buying a bike this weekend and need a helmet to go with it!
I need a new helmet!
I feel naked (in a bad way) without my helmet.
A new helmet would be sweet.
I just started biking so I would love to get a new helmet! Right now, I have been wearing my boyfriend’s old helmet 🙁
I see too many people riding w/out any head protection. Word definitely needs to spread regarding safety. Cheers!
My boyfriend needs a new helmet bad. This would be really helpful. Safety first…
I have a helmet but would buy one for my friend.
Awesome contest, a helmet would be really useful this time of year
Safe biking…here i come!! woot!
of course I say yes for an upcoming safe summer cycling
Who doesn’t need a new helmet? Hope to win one!
safety first — count me in!
Great contest. Hope to win.
SHHHhhhhhhhh….I just bought my son a new bike for the summer. A new bike helmet would be perfect!
I want win a helmet for miss vancouver… I’m a bycicling in Vancouver… i will love that
I’m inspired to revive my love for cycling and a helmet is a must have!
Great post; you may very well have saved a life and/or someone from serious injury.
Would love to win the certificate..
I have a child who is busy growing and sports equipment is expensive
I’m one of the boyfriends mentioned above that needs a new helmet. My current one is pretty filthy.
Shoot! I wish I knew about this before I bought my $40 helmet from walmart! I could always use the $100 for a bike tune up I desperately need though! (My bike is 20+ years old!!) or a heavy duty bike lock! Please enter me to the $100 draw. Thanks and good luck to everyone!
I’m buying a bike soon so this would be perfect!
I’m glad times have changed. It wasn’t ‘cool’ to wear a helmet when I was young, now its the in thing, and safe thing!
I’d love to win….I’ve been procrastinating getting a new helmet (I’ve been using my boyfriend’s), so this would be perfect!
Thanks for helping to raise awareness. Good helmets are so important.
We call them “stack hats” in Australia and funnily enough I have a bike here but not a helmet yet….so it would be great to get on my bike and enjoy Vancouver, as opposed to it collecting dust in the garage!
You don’t need to ride a bike to need a helmet.