Most Saskatchewan bike riders 12 and older never use helmets: StatsCan

Update:

Saskatchewan is the province with the highest percentage of bike riders who never use helmets: 57 per cent.

Saskatchewan is the province with the highest percentage of bike riders who never use helmets: 57 per cent. (Statistics Canada/CBC)

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Rate of non-use highest among province for those 12 and over

Of all provinces, Saskatchewan has the highest percentage of bicycle riders 12 and older who don’t wear helmets, Statistics Canada says.

Bicyle helmet lying on the road.
Bicyle helmet lying on the road.

According to a study released earlier this month, about 39 per cent of bike riders across Canada say they never wear a helmet.

However, in Saskatchewan, the rate is 57 per cent, which is highest of the 10 provinces. (The territory of Nunavut has a higher rate: 81 per cent).

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These young children have their helmets on, but many older bike riders in Saskatchewan never use them. (Submitted to CBC)

The statistics were collected in 2013 and 2014 as part of the Canadian Community Health Survey.

Saskatchewan’s high rate of those who never use helmets may be connected to the lack of a mandatory helmet law.

The report notes that as of 2014, bicycle helmet use was mandatory in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

In Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta, the legislation only applies to children under 18.

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