General News · 12th July 2013
The Quadra Island RCMP is reminding the community that cyclists have the same rights and duties as a driver of a vehicle. The laws that govern cyclists are contained in the BC Motor Vehicle Act [RSBC 1996].
The British Columbia helmet law (BC Motor Vehicle Act) came into effect September 1996 and applies to cyclists of all ages.
The penalty for not wearing a helmet is $29 - MVA Section 184(1). For children under 16, the penalty is issued to the parents if they were aware of the offence - MVA Section 184 (2).
Remember to always wear an approved bicycle helmet that meets safety standards — it's the law in B.C. and you could be fined for not wearing one. Bike helmets alone could prevent up to 85 per cent of serious injuries, which account for 80 percent of all bicycle-related deaths. Look for a helmet that is approved by a recognized body such as Snell, CSA, ANSI, or ASTM standards approval clearly designated on the helmet. More important than who made the helmet is how it fits. It should be snug, but not uncomfortable, and should not be able to roll off of your head when the chin strap is secured. Hockey or other types of sports helmets are not legal for cycling since they are designed and tested for other types of impacts.
Should anyone have any questions or concerns regarding bicycle helmets or any other safety issues, please call the Detachment at 285-3631 or toll free 1-866-888-0088.