SUBJECT: Bicycle safety – Bike Helmets
As the summer weather continues into October, it is great to see citizens out on bicycles
in large numbers. With this, the Nelson Police Department would like to remind cyclists
about staying safe while out on the road.
Always wear an approved bicycle helmet that meets safety standards (CSA, ANSI, ASTM
or SNELL B-95) and occasionally check for signs of wear. The British Columbia Motor
Vehicle Act states that anyone who operates or rides as a passenger on a cycle must
wear a helmet. Further, it is also an offence for parent or guardian to allow a person
under 16 years old to operate a bicycle without a proper helmet.
Cyclists should also remember that they have the same rights and duties as a driver of a
vehicle while on the road. This includes:

  • Obey all traffic signs and signals
  • keep at least one hand on the handlebars
  • Must not use the bicycle to carry more persons than the number for which is
    designed or equipped.
    Use hand signals and shoulder check in advance before taking any turns. Remember,
    drivers sometimes fail to yield right-of-way.
    Reflect on safety. Be extra visible with reflective gear on your bicycle pedals and wheels.
    Use caution around parked vehicles. Be aware of people in vehicles as well to avoid
    getting hit by an opening door.