While children and teen cyclists are required by law to wear a helmet, adults are encouraged to model safe behaviours too.
Dennis Redikop, the Community Constable for Steinbach RCMP, says both parents and teens could face a $63 fine.
“Most of the time it's, you know, education pieces. Letting them know that it is required. There's going to be times where we tell them to walk home because it's a huge safety aspect.”
Parents of children under age 14 are responsible to ensure their child is wearing a helmet and can be ticketed for non-compliance. Children 14 to 18 years old are responsible on their own to follow the law.
According to MPI, teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 can be fined directly or be required to complete a bike-helmet safety course.
It is compulsory for cyclists under age 18 to wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet when cycling. This also applies to children under 18 when they are passengers on a bicycle or in any vehicle attached to or towed by a bicycle.
Redikop says that, even though it’s not a law, it’s good to model safety habits for younger cyclists.
“If you're 18 or older, it's not a rule, but it's still strongly recommended to wear helmet.”
The bicycle helmet law has been in effect in Manitoba since May 1, 2013.