The wearing of a bicycle helmet is complusory in Australia. All bicycle riders travelling on WA roads and paths must wear an approved helmet with the retention straps fastened at all times.
All helmets must comply with AS/NZS 2063:2008—Bicycle helmets.
All approved helmets must be sold with a compliance sticker attached.
A child carried in a child carrier seat and the passenger in a trailer being towed by a bicycle must also wear approved helmets.
Passengers in a pedicab are not required to wear helmets.
Retention straps of helmets must be fastened at all times.
Be accompanied with the following instructions:
- If helmet shows signs of damage, destroy and replace it.
- If helmet receives a severe blow, even if apparently undamaged, destroy and replace it.
Be accompanied by the following instructions in accordance with AS/NZS 2063:2008 (as varied):
- This helmet should not be used by children while climbing or doing other activities where there is a risk of hanging or strangulation if the child gets trapped whilst wearing the helmet.
The Road Safety Commission regulate the use of bicycle helmets and we would suggest that you contact them on 1300 999 772 or visit their website for further information on the requirements of the Regulations.
The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q)
Video recordings of more than 27,000 bicycle riders at 17 sites across Queenland, representing a mixture of on-and-off-road locations, speed limits and regions. The research indicated more than 98% of riders were wearing helmets; 99% road bike riders, 99.2% female child riders, 91.9% male child riders and 96.4% hybrid/city/mountin bike riders. There are some groups at higher risk including ‘boys riding alone’ where compliance falls to less than 60%.
You can download a PDF summary HERE