It’s the Law! Cyclists under 18 Must Wear Helmets

By Roger Foisy on June 9th, 2016

Did you know that from 2006 to 2010, 93.75% of cyclists under the age of 18 who were killed in cycling collisions were not wearing a helmet? (The Ontario Ministry of Health)

The Ontario Ministry of Health also states in a 2010 report that 75% of cycling-related fatalities involve head injuries. Helmets are effective in reducing the risk of head and brain injuries – by over 80% – and are therefore essential to cycling safety for both adults and children.

child-419440_960_720That’s why by law in Ontario, helmets are compulsory for every cyclist under the age of 18 and parents or guardians of those under 16 must ensure their child is wearing a helmet. The fine for not wearing a bicycle helmet is $75; but the true cost of not wearing a helmet is much greater if a child is involved in a collision resulting in a brain injury.

Brain injury – even when classified as “mild” or a concussion – is very serious and can have long-term effects on a child’s development and adult life. Click here to watch my video series about brain injury.

To help combat youth cycling injuries, The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) has run a campaign called Helmets on Kids since 2002, wherein participants visit communities across Ontario and distribute bicycle helmets and helmet safety education to kids. Read more here.

If you would like more information on cycling and cycling safety, check out the Ontario Cycling Association or CAA Bike Safety.

As you enjoy the warm weather this summer and get out on your bikes, I want to remind everyone to stay safe and wear their helmets!


Roger R. Roisy is an experienced Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer. If you have been injured in a cycling accident, please contact us for immediate support and a free consultation.

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