The law requires you to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle (this includes any passengers you are carrying). We recommend all cyclists wear them. The most common cyclist injuries that cause death are head injuries, so protecting your head is important.
Use this checklist when choosing a helmet.
|S mark - complies with
NZS 2063:1996 and NZS 5439
|Complies with standards
AS2063:1996 or AS 2063.2
|The “E4” and “CE” marks may
indicate the helmet meets the
European Standard EN 1078
but they are not definitive. All
helmets must comply with
European Standard EN 1078.
|There is no one official label for US Consumer Produce Safety Commission compliant cycle helmets.
However, helmets that have been approved will have a label inside saying the helmet complies with the US Standard.
All cycle helmets have different straps. Read the instructions that come with the helmet or ask an expert at the shop.
Front view of helmet
Side view of helmet
Second-hand helmets are not recommended but if you are thinking of getting one, check it for cracks and make sure it has not been dropped, mistreated or involved in a crash. Check straps for wear and tear or fraying. Make sure the buckles work and that the helmet can still be adjusted.
Cycle helmets are designed to take only one hit so it's important to take good care of them. If the helmet is involved in a crash it will need to be replaced. If the helmet is dropped or mistreated it is also likely to need replacing. Check the helmet for the following every time it's used:
Check the straps, fastenings, inner liner and outer shell. Discuss any wear and damage with an expert.
Give the helmet a wriggle to check its fit and, if necessary, adjust it.
Perform the three-step helmet position test below and adjust if necessary.
The following three steps can be carried out to check the position of the helmet.
Last updated: 6 October 2014