HELMET SAFETY SUMMER PROGRAM:
Each summer, the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Manitoba administers a program dealing with helmet safety and awareness. This program has expanded from promoting only bicycle helmet use to including inline skating and skateboarding helmet use. The goal of “We Caught You Using Your Head” is not only to promote safety during wheeled activities but to also educate those on the proper maintenance and fitting of helmets as well as increasing awareness of the passing of the new legislation. On May 1, 2013 the Manitoba Government passed a law which states that anyone under the age of 18, is required to wear a helmet during pedaled activities. Refer to the news release for more information.
Thank you to our many great sponsors!
– Manitoba Public Insurance
– Winnipeg Goldeyes
– Winnipeg Blue Bombers Football Club
– Grand Prix Amusements
– Manitoba Children’s Museum
– Manitoba Museum
– Jack Potts
Contact our Program Coordinator to book a school or community presentation!
Bike Together Winnipeg is a newly formed committee which works together to educate, promote, and reinforce the importance of bike safety, helmet safety, and healthy living to the public.
Some of the organizations involved with Bike Together Winnipeg include the City of Winnipeg, Youth Alliance Agencies, Winnipeg Police Services, Sport Medicine & Science Council of Manitoba, Manitoba Public Insurance, Green Action Centre, Headingly Correction Centre, Recreation Connections, Sport Programs for Inner City Neighbourhoods, WRHA-IMPACT, WRHA-In Motion, WFPS, Family Dynamics, BNC.
Each organization is responsible for a different role which allows Bike Together to provide communities with more resources and information on bike & helmet safety and active living.
Through this partnership, Bike Together is able to support the public by giving away free bikes, locks and helmets, properly fitting helmets, fixing broken bikes and getting the information and resources on bike and helmet safety out to community members.
Bike Together has chosen 4 communities to reach out to this upcoming summer!!
Helmet Safety Facts
- Children between the ages of 5 and 14 are at the highest risk for bicycle related head injuries.
- Head injuries account for 80% of all deaths from bike injuries.
- Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85% and brain injury by 88%.
- It is estimated that the number of cyclists seriously injured in Canada each year is about 7,500.
- The number of deaths ranges from 40 to 70. 88% of those killed were not wearing a helmet, including all those under age 15.
- Those children are 14x more likely to survive if they had been wearing their helmets, and 17% more likely to wear them if their parents do…
Manitoba Government Helmet Video:
For the summer of 2016 the Sport Medicine and Science Council is pleased to have Laura Duna continue as the Helmet Safety Program Coordinator.
Questions/Concerns? Feel free to contact us: