Adopt A Helmet


The Adopt a Helmet blog is brought to you by Ottawa Public Health (OPH). The same content is available in French at Adoptez Un Casque.

For more information about choosing and using the correct helmet, please visit or call 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with OPH on Facebook and Twitter (@ottawahealth).

For more information: Media contact 613-580-2450



Link: How to raise a safe cyclist


Cycling is a great way to see your neighbourhood, to get from place to place, or to get some good old-fashioned physical activity. Common questions parents might have are: What is a safe age for a child a start cycling?  What skills does my child need to know, and is there a need for extra training? And what safety equipment does my child need to start cycling?.”

Read the full article from the Capital Parent Newspaper. 

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Gear Up, Check Up and Ride!

Retailers across the region have agreed to participate in this weekend event and we encourage you to support it. 38 locations are offering discounts and/or free bike checkups on May 10 and 11, 2014.

All you need to do is…

• Visit your store of choice,

• Tell them that you are here for your helmet discount/bike check up,

• And buy your brand new helmet and/or get your bike checked.

This event is for everyone (children, youth, adults, and seniors) and helmets of all kinds will be available. Whether you bike, rollerblade, skateboard, ski, or play hockey, there will be something just right for you.

For more information about choosing and using the correct helmet, please visit or call 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with OPH on Facebook and Twitter (@ottawahealth).


Gear Up (Helmet discounts only) in Blue

Antique Skate Shop

9 Florence St 
Ottawa, ON K2P 0W6
Tel: (613) 695-3168


(2 locations)

203 Richmond Rd
Ottawa, ON K1Z 6W4
Tel: 613-792-1170

5607 Hazeldean Rd
Stittsville, ON K2S 0P5
Tel: 613-831-3604


1111A Wellington St,
Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y6
(613) 722-2345

Foster’s Sports 

305 Bank St
Ottawa ON, K2P 1X7
Tel: (613) 236-9611

Full Cycle Centre

401 St. Laurent Blvd,
Ottawa, ON K1K 2Z8
Tel: (613) 741-2443

Fresh Air Experience

1291 Wellington W 
Ottawa, ON K1Y 3A8
Tel: (613) 729-3002

Giant Ottawa

1162 Bank st.
Ottawa, ON K1S 3X8 
Tel: 613-731-7200

Joe Mamma

767 Bank St
Ottawa, ON K1S 3V3
Tel: 613-564-0459

Lacroix Source for Sports

2062 St Joseph Blvd
Orleans, ON K1C 1E6
Tel: (613) 824-5196

Mountain Equipment Coop

366 Richmond Rd
Ottawa, ON K2A 0E8
Tel: (613) 729-2700

Orleans Cycle

2404 St. Joseph Blvd,
Orleans, ON K1C 1G1
Tel: (613) 837-1567

Phat Moose Cycles

98 Hawthorne Ave 
Ottawa, ON K1S 0B1
Tel: (613) 231-2427

Play it Again Sports 

(4 locations)
488 Terry Fox Dr
Kanata ON K2T 1L3
Tel : (613) 599-9937

1701, Bank St
Ottawa ON K1V 7Z4
Tel: (613) 731-6006

3885, Innes Rd
Orleans ON K1C 1T1
Tel: 613-837-7529

3161 Greenbank Rd
Ottawa ON K2J 4H9
Tel: 613-843-9711

Rebec and Kroes

2679 Alta Vista Dr
Ottawa, ON K1V 7T5
Tel: 613-521-379


1200 St Laurent blvd
Ottawa, ON K1K 3B8
Tel: (613) 741-3378

1642 Merivale Rd
Nepean, ON K2G 4A1
Tel: (613) 225-6674

125 Riocan Ave
Barrhaven, ON K2J 5G4
Tel: (613) 825-7873

785 Kanata Ave
Kanata, ON K2T 1H9
Tel : (613) 271-1513

110 Place D’Orléans Dr
Orléans, ON K1C 2L9
Tel : (613) 824-9933

Sports Experts

(4 locations)

100 Bayshore Dr
Ottawa ON K2B 8C1
Tel: (613) 680-3230

50 Rideau St
Ottawa ON K1N 5W9
Tel: (613) 237-5760

1200 St-Laurent Blvd
Ottawa ON K1K 3B8
Tel: (613) 741-3727

4338 Innes Rd
Orléans ON K4A 3W3
Tel: (613) 590-0755

Tall Tree Cycles

255 Richmond Rd  
Ottawa ON K1Z 6X1
Tel: (613) 725-2453

Tommy and Lefebvre

464 Bank St
Ottawa ON K2P 1Z3
Tel: (613) 236-9731

Top of the World

158 Rideau,
Ottawa, ON K1N 5X6
(613) 237-4797

(Gear up and Check up) in Red


1020 Pleasant Park Rd
Ottawa ON K1G 2A1
Tel: (613) 737-5697

Check Up Only (Weekday Only) in Teal


473 Bronson Avenue

Right Bike

(2 Locations)

110 Laurier Ave. West (City Hall)

1 McCormick St, Ottawa, ON K1Y 1M4
(613) 722-4440

University Of Ottawa Bike Coop

200 Lees Ave
Room A105
613-562-5800 ext. 7092

Special Check Up Events! (Green) 

Free Bike Tune Ups at Carleton U.

May 6th, 11AM-2PM, Bicycle tune-up station next to Architecture Building

ReCycles Free Check Up

May 10th, 11AM-2PM, 1224 Wellington Street West. (CAA Parking Lot) 

Tulips on Two Wheels (Free Tune Ups) 

May 10th, 10AM-2PM, canal pathway at Queen Elizabeth Drive at Fifth Ave

Link: I’m fine. The fear of confessing a concussion.



As a student athlete in high school, the possibility of getting injured and missing a game felt like the end of the world, never mind missing a tournament or an entire season.

But as someone who has known fellow teammates who have experienced concussions, I understand that the very real…

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Being born and raised in Ottawa I often get asked by visiting family and friends: what is there to do in Ottawa? Often my answer starts with Winterlude and skating on the Rideau Canal Skateway. Winterlude is a fun-filled tradition that draws crowds from far and wide! This is the last weekend of the Winterlude season and we can expect thousands of people on the canal.

When I skate, I often see many kids wearing helmets, however parents are not doing the same. I am very comfortable on the ice and I am sure many Canadians parents are too. In Ottawa, about 470 people go to the hospital yearly for skating related injuries. I feel this could be explained by many elements that are out of our control while skating on the canal. For example, last year, over 800,000 people skated on the canal. Of these 800,000 skaters many vary in skill and lack attention while skating. Some skaters are beginner and tend to fall often. Others are the “Peewee” hockey players who are weaving in and out of the crowd playing a game of “tag.” Some may even be eating a delicious pastry on one hand and texting with the other, regardless of skill level, collisions are bound to happen. After witnessing many tumbles through the years, I can no longer justify not wearing a helmet on the canal.

Winterlude often marks quality time with family and friends. Be a role model for your children and consider adding a helmet to your outing checklist this year.

For more information, visit or call 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with OPH on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter (@OttawaHealth) and Pinterest

By: Vinh Nguyen, Project Officer at Ottawa Public Health

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Things to consider when “adopting” a helmet…

1) What types of style of helmets are out there?
There is a variety of affordable helmets suitable for activities such as cycling, hockey, and skateboarding that are available at many retailers across Ottawa. Some of them focus on cool urban graphic design, while others are more geared toward custom fitting.


2) How do I know what activities I can use my helmet for?
There are different helmets for different types of activities. Single impact helmets are only able to take one major impact before they need to be replaced. They include bicycle helmets, ski helmets, most skateboarding helmets and in-line skate helmets. Multi impact helmets can take more than one impact, and are best suited for rougher sports. These include hockey helmets, BMX helmets, and certain in-line skate helmets.

3) How do I know when it is time to “adopt” a new helmet?
The lifespan of a helmet can last for 5 years with proper care. Helmets are equipped with a manufacturing date. Read over the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to ensure a proper fit and ensure you care for it properly. Helmets may have to be “put down” early should they have a bad fall or endure extreme wear.


4) What type of training is involved in raising a helmet?
Although no obedience class is necessary to tame your helmet, it is important for you to have the right skills and knowledge to protect yourself and your newly adopted helmet. It is recommended that new cyclists take a skills training course, such as the Can-Bike program (call 3-11 for more information). This will help to keep you, your helmet, as well as the people around you much safer. Helmets require at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per week. Although this may seem like a lot at first glance, it really adds up to only half an hour five days a week.

5) How do I know my helmet has the right fit?
Some people just fall in love with a helmet at first sight. For others, it may take some adjustment to get used to. The rule of thumb for fitting is:
• Put the helmet on your head so it is not tilting backward or forward
• Ensure there are two fingers distance from the helmet to your eyebrows
• Allow the helmet to form V-shape straps around each ear
• Check to see that there is one finger distance between the chin and the fastened strap.

6) How do I know if my helmet is certified?
Helmets should be equipped with a certification sticker. Look for any of the following certifications (Canadian, US, European):
• ASTM F-1492 
• Snell


7) Can I adopt a used helmet?
It is not recommended that you adopt a used helmet. It is important to know the history of your helmet, especially for single impact helmets.

8) Can I put stickers on my helmet for decoration?
It is not recommended to put stickers on your helmet’s coat for several reasons:
• Stickers can cover cracks/damage to the helmet
• Stickers may prevent helmets from sliding on impact
• Sticker glues may degrade the plastic shell of the helmet
• Altering a helmet by placing a sticker on it may affect a helmet’s certification or manufacturer’s warranty

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