Helmet Discount

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About Helmet Weekend (participating retail stores are listed below)

For a sixth straight year, Ottawa Public Health has partnered with sports retailers across Ottawa to bring Ottawa residents a discount on helmets.

Helmets prevent serious brain and head injuries by absorbing the force from a fall or hit to the head.

Helmets are recommended for activities like skateboarding, rollerblading, biking, sledding, skating skiing and snowboarding.

In Ontario, it is mandatory for anyone under the age of 18 to wear a certified helmet while riding a bicycle (Highway Traffic Act). Consider a cycling course in your community

Check out the following retailers between Saturday May 13, 2017 and Sunday May 14, 2017 to get your helmet discount:

List of helmet retailers 


  • 203 Richmond Road
  • 5607 Hazeldean Road


  • 1111A Wellington Street


  • 5 Hawthorne Ave.

Dinardo's Skis & Wheels

  • 44 Northside Rd.


  • 13 Bullman Street

Figure 8

  • 380 Industrial Ave.
  • 305 Bank Street

Fresh Air Experience

  • 1291 Wellington Street West

Full Cycle Centre

  • 401 St. Laurent Blvd

Giant Ottawa

  • 1162 Bank St.

Giant Orleans

  • 2404 St. Joseph Blvd.

Houle Sports

  • 2026 Lanthier Dr.
  • 680 Bank Street
  • 1583 Bank Street
  • 462 Hazeldean Road

McCrank's Cycle

  • 889 Bank St.

Mountain Equipment Coop  

  • 366 Richmond Rd.

Phat Moose Cycles

  • 98 Hawthorne Ave

Play it Again Sports

  • 3161 Greenbank Road
  • 488 Terry Fox Drive
  • 3885 Innes Road
  • 1701 Bank Street

Rebec and Kroes

  • 2639 Alta Vista Drive


  • 85 Murray St.
  • 50 Rideau Street
  • 100 Bayshore Drive
  • 785 Kanata Ave
  • 1200 St Laurent Blvd
  • 125 Riocan Ave
  • 1642 Merivale Road
  • 110 Place d'Orleans Drive


  • 1020 Pleasant Park Road

Sporting Life Ottawa

  • 125 Marché Way
  • 1318 Wellington Street West

The Cyclery

  • 1115 Bank Street
  • 158 Rideau Street
  • 1740 Carling Ave
What are some helmet tips?
  • Parents set a good example by wearing their helmet
  • Do not place stickers on your helmet
  • Remember, anyone under the age of 18 years must wear a helmet when cycling - it's the law
  • If children switch activities, they should take off the helmet. If the helmet is left on while a child plays on a play structure or climbs, the helmet chinstrap can get caught and strangle the child
Most helmets will fit into one of the following categories
  • Single impact: example-bicycle helmet. They are designed to protect against one impact. Must be replaced after a crash or hard hit to the head, even if you can't see any damage.
  • Multi impact: example- hockey helmet. They are designed to protect against more than one impact. Must be replaced when you see damage.
  • Multi Sport: does not mean that it is multi impact but that it is approved for more than one activity. Check the maker's label for the list of activities for which the helmet can be worn safely.
What to look for when buying a helmet:
  • Make sure that the helmet has been safety certified. There will be a certification sticker on the inside or outside of the helmet. The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has a standard for bicycle helmets.
  • Never buy a used helmet.
  • Buy a helmet that fits now and not one that a child has to grow into.
Fitting a bike helmet
cartoon showing Two fingers distance from helmet to eyebrowcartoon showing V-shape straps around each earCartoon showing One finger between chin and fastened strap

Know the 2V1 rule to fit a bicycle helmet. Put the helmet on the head so it is level and so it is not tilting backwards or forwards. Then check the following:

  • Two fingers distance from helmet to eyebrow.
  • V-shape straps around each ear.
  • One finger between chin and fastened strap.

Instructions and illustrations provided by Parachute

When should I replace a helmet?
  • After a crash or large impact.
  • When it does not fit anymore.
  • Helmets with cracks, dents or frayed and torn straps should be replaced.
  • Every five years after the manufacturing date for bicycle helmets (this date will be on a sticker in or on the helmet).
Rolling with updated cycling laws in Ontario

Making the roads safer requires the cooperation of everyone. In 2015, Ontario updated the highway traffic act by introducing Bill 31.  This Bill includes new laws to encourage safer behaviours among people driving and riding bicycles on roads across Ontario.  

Changes for Cyclists:

  • If you're riding your bicycle 30 minutes before dusk until 30 minutes after dawn or any time when the light is insufficient and the weather is not favorable, you need to use a white light on the front of your bike and a red light or reflector on the back of your bicycle. There's a set fine of $110 for people who don't have their bike properly lit.

Changes for Drivers and Passengers of Motor Vehicles:

  • Before opening the door of a motor vehicle on the side of moving traffic all people must first make sure that opening the door will not obstruct the path of an approaching cyclist or any other vehicle.  This action of interfering with moving traffic is called 'dooring' and carries a fine of $365 and 3 demerit points.
  • When passing a cyclist, drivers must provide 1 meter of space between the vehicle and the person riding the bike. This one metre distance refers to the distance between the extreme right side of the motor vehicle and the extreme left side of the bicycle, including all projections and attachments.  Passing with a space closer than 1M is not safe and can result in a $110 fine.

Remember that road safety is everyone's responsibility and the more we work together the safer our roads become.

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