The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Learn safety on wheels at Bicycle Fun and Safety Day

WHITBY, ON May 20, 2014 - Durham Region Health Department, in collaboration with Durham Safety on Wheels Coalition, encourages area residents to always practice safe cycling and helmet safety whether in-line skating, or riding a bike, scooter or skateboarding. Residents are invited to learn more at the annual Durham Bicycle Fun and Safety Day, May 31, noon to 3 p.m. at Kids Safety Village of Durham, 1129 Athol St., Whitby.

Staff from the Health Department and coalition members including, Durham Regional Police Service, Brain Injury Association and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, will be on-hand to help educate parents on proper helmet fitting techniques. Other highlights include bike and gear inspections, educational sessions on cycling safety skills, jumping castles and face painting. Participants will also have an opportunity to be entered into a draw for prizes including, new bicycles and coupons towards the purchase of new helmets.

According to a 2011 Health Department report, three residents in Durham Region visit an emergency room daily due to cycling-related injuries. “Bicycle-related injuries can be greatly reduced with the proper use of helmets,” said Yemisi Aladesua, a public health nurse with the Health Department.

A 2012 Safe Kids Canada report found that, when worn properly, helmets can reduce the risks of brain injury by 88 per cent, head injuries by 85 per cent and upper and mid-facial injury by 65 per cent.

“About 75 per cent of all cycling deaths involve head injuries; this is why it’s so important for parents and caregivers to ensure that children not only wear a helmet, but learn how to wear one properly,” added Ms. Aladesua. “This Bicycle Fun and Safety Day is a great opportunity for parents to join their children to both learn about and help reinforce important safety skills. It’s also important that parents wear helmets themselves as kids learn best by observing their parents and parents are their child’s best role model.”

For more information and to request a free copy of the “Protect your head…wear a helmet!” brochure, contact Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729


Media inquiries:
Glendene Collins - Health Department 905-668-7711, ext. 2999