It’s great to see that so many Ramblers cyclists now have new helmets.
About 15 per cent of bike riders killed or seriously injured on NSW roads were not wearing a helmet. Research conducted by the University of NSW in 2016 involving 64,000 injured cyclists found helmet use was associated with:
- about a 50 per cent reduction in head injuries of any severity
- about a 70 per cent reduction in serious head injuries
- a 65 per cent reduction in fatal head injuries.
Please note: A bicycle helmet that is not correctly fitted and fastened does not provide enough protection in a crash.
Correct helmet fit:
- The helmet should fit comfortably and securely when the straps are fastened
- The straps should not be twisted, nor cover the ears. When done up correctly, the straps should provide a snug fit over the ears and under the chin
- Choose a bright coloured helmet so other road users can see you
- Do not leave your helmet in the sun or a hot car
- Do not expose your helmet to chemicals
- In general, replacement is recommended about five yearly. Look for the Australian & New Zealand Safety Standard in the helmet- AS/NZS 2063:2020. As with all safety technology the latest is usually the best.
Replace your helmet if:
- It’s been dropped onto a hard surface or involved in a crash or severe fall
- You see any cracks in the foam
- The straps look worn or frayed.
And what a great Christmas present a new helmet would make!
For further information, visit https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/bicycle-riders/helmets-gear.html