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Cool Science - Helmet Safety

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Cool Science - Helmet Safety

With the warm weather we've been having its time to get outside on your bicycle but before you do we need to talk about bike safety.

Thunder Bay has been increasing its network of bike lanes and cycling infrastructure each year. This is getting more and more people interested in bicycling. In Ontario it is the law for anyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet but it is recommended for everyone to wear one.

Research has shown that bike helmets are 85-88% effective in reducing brain and head injury.

This melon represents your head. The shell is fragile like your skull. An accident at just 16 km per hour is equivalent to a fall from 7.5 feet. This is what happens to your head without a helmet on.

Now let's try this again with a bike helmet on the melon.

You can see that the bike helmet absorbed the impact so that your head and the melon remain intact. So the melon didn't crack and your head is safe.

So stay safe this summer by remembering to always wear your helmet when you ride your bike.

Now that's cool science!

For more information visit http://sciencenorth.ca/thunderbay.