We have, this week, been approached by New Zealand Police in regards to a complaint by a member of the school community surrounding students wearing (or in this case, not wearing) bike helmets when cycling to and from school.

Accidents can and do happen and the chance of the damage being minimised or substantially mitigated against are enhanced when a correctly fitted and worn helmet is used. A correctly fitted helmet strung over the handlebars will have no impact on minimising injury, so if you have one, wear it. If you don’t have one get one.

At Twizel Area School, we have clear expectations that all staff and students who ride bikes to school need to wear a helmet. It is also expected that students on bikes although they may not have sat the road code should abide by road rules.

In life there are some could do’s, should do’s, and must do’s. If you choose to cycle to and from school, and we applaud those who choose to, then wearing a helmet is a must-do.

The police have informed us that this is an area of pending priority to them and have given us the opportunity to reinforce this message to our students before they start taking the action of issuing tickets to those who are breaking the law and not wearing helmets.

More Information
The New Zealand Code for Cycling is available to download below

Bike Helmet Poster