Cycle helmets

Advice about buying and wearing cycle helmets.

Why wear a helmet?

Wearing a helmet is the best way to protect your brain.

Cycle helmets have great potential for reducing bicycle-related head injuries and death. Properly worn, they have been shown to reduce the risk of brain injury to riders of all ages.

Buying a Helmet

Only buy a helmet that has a CE mark and meets one of these standards:

  • BS EN 1078 (European Standard)
  • SNELL certified (B.95)

Try on a number of helmets to find the right one for you. It needs to be comfortable and fit securely. Remember all of us have different shaped heads so you need to find the one that fits you best.

Measure the head using a tape measure around the widest part of the head, just above the eyebrows and the ears. Select your helmet based on the number of centimetres.

Take care of your helmet

Treat your helmet with care and it will care for you. If you damage your helmet or have an impact, you will need to replace it. Look for visible damage and feel for cracks, dents or scuffs. If unsure, seek advice from the manufacturer.

How a cycle helmet should be worn

  • the cycle helmet should sit squarely on the head
  • it should fit on the forehead, just above the eyebrows and should not be tilted backwards or forwards
  • front and back straps should meet just below the ears
  • the cycle helmet must not restrict the rider's vision
  • the cycle helmet should fit comfortably and remain securely on the head when shaken.

Remember that wearing a helmet will help to reduce the risk of head injury if you come off your bicycle. It will not prevent incidents from happening.