Helmet Safety

2 min. readlast update: 04.09.2024

At Pedalheads, wearing a helmet is the most emphasized safety principle when a child rides a bike. Research shows that up to 90% of fatal bicycle crashes are the result of head trauma. Wearing a properly fitted and certified helmet will cushion and protect the head, significantly decreasing the chance of causing serious brain damage. 


One of the first things to look for is a safety sticker which will be found on the inside of the helmet. The sticker indicates that a helmet complies with safety standards and has been approved by such organizations as CPSC, SNELL, ASTM, or CSA. 


With your child’s helmet straight on their head, there should be no more than a two-finger gap between the bottom of the helmet and the top of the eyebrows. If the space is bigger, the helmet is likely too small, or too far back on their head. 


Straps must be fastened! With the helmet on the head, the straps should form a "V" shape around the ears. Also, the straps should not be too loose or tight. There should be room for two fingers between the straps and your child’s chin. This should be tested by the person wearing the helmet. 


Helmets should fit comfortably on the head without feeling too loose or too tight. With an unfastened helmet, head movement should not cause the helmet to slide around or easily fall off. The helmet size will greatly impact the fit around the head. 

Thank you for taking the time to read about a very important aspect of cycling safety. We urge everyone, no matter their age or skill level, to always wear a helmet while biking. 

Happy cycling!

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