Mayo Council’s road safety officer has launched a campaign to encourage all cyclists to wear a safety helmet, which includes a short video clip showing the correct way to wear a helmet.
Noel Gibbons, Mayo’s RSO, says Irish cyclists top the EU league of helmet wearers. European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) figures show that 40% of Irish cyclists wear a helmet, followed by those in Switzerland (38%) and Austria (35%).
The campaign, Reduce the Risk, says that wearing a bicycle helmet is a key component of bike safety, and it is important to choose a helmet that fits correctly and is comfortable. The video clip features a cycling and triathlon coach showing how to properly adjust the chinstrap.
Mayo Council has written to all schools and academies across the county asking them to adopt a policy where all cyclists arriving at school, including teachers and support staff, are encouraged to wear a helmet.
Noel Gibbons said: "Many schools and cycle clubs already have a ‘rule’, some have written policies pertaining to the wearing of cycle helmets.
"We hope this initiative goes some way to getting more people to wear safety equipment, including hi-vis clothing. It’s not good enough alone to wear a helmet, but to wear it correctly, and this video clip explains how to do this."
For more information contact Noel Gibbons on 08778 70055.