With many people throughout the Borough currently participating in the Travelwise “2 Wheels 2 Weeks” campaign, which encourages everyone to get out on their bikes, Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Environmental Health team are highlighting the importance of wearing a suitable helmet.
You probably believe that it’s a good idea to buy a cycle helmet but can you be sure that it will give you some extra protection? A recent study conducted in Northern Ireland revealed that 77% of cycle helmets examined did not comply with requirements for safety. The research carried out by Environmental Health Departments of local Councils throughout Northern Ireland indicated that while the requirements for shock absorption capacity and effectiveness of the retention system were mostly being met, 77% failed in relation to marking and/or information supplied by the manufacturer. Action taken as a result of the failures included local withdrawal of products, liaison with other enforcement agencies, and further testing.
Leaflets and posters are now currently being launched throughout the Borough as part of a province wide campaign. Clifford Todd, Environmental Health Manager explains;
“Cycle helmets are marketed as safety equipment. The lack of marking or other information is therefore concerning as the helmets could be rendered ineffective.
Distribution of the promotional material will help address the widespread deficiency with regard to marking and labelling issues. Cycling offers many benefits, but if you do plan to get out on your bike this summer, always remember to wear a suitable helmet and follow the recommendations in the leaflet which can be found at www.keepyourheadintact.co.uk