Helmets are required on all JSTS
A bicycle helmet reduces the risk of serious head and brain injury by
85-88%. But it’s not enough to simply buy and wear one – you need to make
sure it fits properly.
Buy a helmet that has been tested and meets the uniform safety standard
issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), or one or
more of the voluntary bicycle helmet standards like ASTM, Snell or ANSI.
You can tell this by looking for a label or sticker that says the helmet
meets the standard.
Put the helmet on your head so it sits evenly between the ears and
rests low on your forehead – it should only be about 1-2 finger widths
above your eyebrow.
Put foam pads inside the helmet so it feels comfortable but really
snug. Usually, the helmet includes more than one size of foam pads that
can be velcroed inside the helmet for a better fit.
Tighten the chin strap as snugly as possible. Adjust the junction of
front and back straps just under the ears and secure back strap without
putting pressure on the front strap.
A Good Helmet Fit is as important as wearing one...but it takes time.
Allow as much as a half hour to get a proper helmet fit. If fitting your
child, don’t try to “rush” it as they are trying to go outside to ride. Do
it while they’re relaxed and you have plenty of time. Then secure the
adjustments so the helmet is ready for the next ride.