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Bicycle helmet and protections

A helmet is the safest way to protect your head in the event of a fall or collision. Head injury remains the number one killer of cyclists. But is it compulsory for all users? And how do you choose a helmet that fully fulfills its mission, that of protecting?

Driving without a helmet: what are the risks?

In 2017, 173 cyclists lost their lives in a road accident; 1,652 others were hospitalized.

Estimates of the number of cyclists injured after a fall should, however, be revised upwards since the police are not always called before a transfer to the hospital after a road accident, especially when a motorized vehicle is not involved.

According to the National Interministerial Observatory for Road Safety (ONISR), the risk for a cyclist of being involved in an accident is three times higher than for a motorist. The risk of being seriously injured is sixteen times higher than for a motorist. And the most serious injuries affect the head.

Although it is only compulsory for cyclists and passengers under the age of twelve, bicycle helmets are highly recommended regardless of your age or your routes.

Transporting children by bicycle

It is quite possible to transport a child on a bicycle safely. There are different ways to do this, from child seats to bicycle trailers..

Bicycle child seat: what the highway code says

As soon as your child knows how to stand in a seated position, it is possible to transport it on your bicycle.

A child under the age of five must be installed in a suitable and approved seat, fitted with a seat belt and footrests.

Beyond this age, it is recommended to continue using a child seat, while adapting the device according to the age and size of the child.

Remember, children under the age of 12 must wear a helmet

Be visible by bike

Riding a bicycle puts you at great risk of accident, especially when you have to move directly on the road, alongside motorized vehicles. In order to guarantee your safety, we invite you to make yourself visible in all circumstances in order to reduce these risks.

Visible equipment and behavior
In order to be seen by all, here are some tips:

prefer clothes in light colors or, better equipped with a retro-reflective device that you can wear in all weathers;
when you turn, don't forget to stretch your arm in the direction you want to take. If you have to stop, raise your arm up. Learning to signal yourself correctly also means making yourself visible.
In adverse weather conditions, exercise extra caution and check your equipment. If you do not wear a yellow vest (high visibility vest) and helmet, remember to get them.

Outside built-up areas, it is compulsory to wear a yellow retro-reflective vest at night, or when visibility is insufficient.

However, it is recommended to wear one at all times, including in town and in broad daylight.

Do not forget ! Cyclists are required to respect the highway code for their safety and that of others.


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