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!