The warm spring temperatures have spurred a burst of young riders, skaters and scooters enjoying a variety of parks and paths around the Singleton local government area but the council are reminding locals of the importance of wearing a helmet.
September is Rural Road Safety Month, which aims to raise awareness of rural and regional road safety, including the importance of wearing a helmet.
Singleton Council and Transport for NSW are getting behind the initiative with a colouring competition for primary school aged students across the Singleton LGA, as a reminder to make sure young riders are wearing a correctly fitted helmets before engaging in outdoor activities.
Children can also turn their colouring talents into a scene of a bike ride taking in Singleton’s famous Sundial and playgrounds.
Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said with $300 worth of Spend in Singleton vouchers up for grabs, children were encouraged to get their entries in by 5pm on 30 September 2021.
“As we’re all being told to stay at home unless we’re out exercising, we’re seeing more people taking advantage of the warmer weather to get outside on bikes, skateboards or scooters – and it’s great that the fantastic network of shared pathways we have across Singleton is being put to such good use,” she said.
“However, we can’t forget that about 15 per cent of bike riders killed or seriously injured on NSW roads were not wearing a helmet, which should be reason enough for all of us to make sure we’re properly protected before we head out.
“It is the law that all bicycle riders, regardless of age, must always wear an approved bicycle helmet that is securely fitted and fastened. But more important than enforcing road rules is ensuring that people are safe and that something as fun as a bike ride doesn’t quickly turn to tragedy.”
Children can follow these checks to ensure their bike helmet is protecting their head correctly:
- Can you place just two fingers between your eyebrows and your helmet?
- Can you fit just two fingers between the helmet strap and your chin?
- Do the straps join in a ‘V’ just below your ears?
- Has an adult double-checked your helmet?
Parents can find more information on keeping children safe on wheels by visiting the parents’ section of the safetytown website
The colouring competition is open to primary school aged children (Kindergarten to Year 6) in the Singleton local government area.
Image Credit: Singleton Shire Council