The Regional Municipality of Durham


News Release

Health Department encourages helmet and cycling safety this summer

WHITBY, ON May 25, 2017 - Durham Region Health Department is promoting safe cycling and helmet safety to all residents, in collaboration with the Durham Safety on Wheels Coalition. As part of this initiative, residents are invited to the annual Durham Bicycle Fun and Safety Day on May 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Durham Kids Safety Village, 1449 Athol St., Whitby.

This event will feature bike and gear inspections, information on various cycling safety skills, as well as demonstrations from Health Department staff for parents and children on proper helmet fitting. Other highlights include jumping castles, face painting, and draws for prizes such as new bicycles and helmets.

The Health Department is also encouraging students to wear their helmets properly during the summer months including June, which has been declared Bike to School Month. This initiative among local schools, school boards and community partners encourages students to both walk and “roll” to school.

“Bicycle-related injuries can be greatly reduced with the use of helmets as they are effective for cyclists of all ages and help provide protection in all types of crashes,” said Yemisi Aladesua, a public health nurse with the Health Department. “Helmets, when worn properly, can help to greatly reduce the risks of head injuries, and both brain and severe brain injuries.”

According to the Health Department’s 2014 and 2015 Injuries at a Glance reports, close to one thousand Durham Region residents visited the emergency room yearly due to cycling-related injuries.

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 1800 841 2729 or visit durham.ca/helmetsafety

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Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham
Glendene Collins - Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999 or glendene.collins@durham.ca.

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