Street Smart

Cyclist Safety

In Victoria, all bike riders and their passengers and scooter riders are required to wear a bike helmet. This applies when riding on:

  • roads
  • bike paths
  • bike lanes
  • shared and separated footpaths
  • recreational parks
  • car parks.

Research indicates that bike helmets greatly reduce the risk of head injuries, which are the major cause of death and injury to bike riders. When choosing a bike helmet make sure:

  • it fits firmly and comfortably on your head and cannot be tilted in any direction
  • the straps can be adjusted so there is no slack when fastened
  • it has a sticker showing it is safety approved and meets the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2063
  • if the helmet is manufactured or imported from 1 July 2012, it is marked with the symbol of a body accredited by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ)*, certifying compliance with AS/NZS2063.

* Accredited companies that certify bike helmets can be found on the JAS-ANZ website.

Research shows that wearing a bicycle helmet reduces the risk of head injury by 60 to 90 per cent.

Of children aged 0-9 years who were fatally or seriously injured, only 42 per cent were wearing helmets (according to police reported crash- es between 2004 and 2008).A bicycle helmet will only protect your child’s head if it is the right size and fitted correctly.

The information below is for parents and carers to help them ensure their children wear a cor- rectly fitted and adjusted helmet.

When should my child wear a helmet?
An accident can happen anywhere, and it only takes an impact with the ground or concrete to sustain a head injury. Children should always wear a helmet when using tricycles, bicycles, scooters, when travelling as a passenger on an adult’s bike, in a bike trailer, or when using any other wheeled item.It is important to teach your child to take their helmet off when they finish riding and before they move to another activity. The straps on a helmet can get caught on furniture and play equipment if they are still wearing their helmet.

Correctly fitting a helmet
Place your hands on top of the hel- met and try to move it. It should not be possible to tilt the helmet:

  • forwards to cover the eyes
  • backwards to uncover the fore- head
  • sideways to uncover the side of the head.

When the helmet is fastened it should be squarely positioned on the head. The rim of the helmet should sit on the forehead just above the eyebrows.

The straps should be adjusted so that there is no slack when the buckle is securely fastened under the chin. Ensure straps are not twisted and that the side straps form a V shape with the point just under the ear lobe.

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