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BHP Billiton, operator of the Ekati Diamond Mine, has long been involved in promoting safety and community wellness in the NWT. Over a number of years, BHP Billiton has provided Yellowknife Municipal Enforcement with hundreds of bicycle helmets for its Bike Rodeo program. Now, through a generous contribution to communities through the Drive Alive! program, BHP Billiton has extended that generosity by donating hundreds of  child and youth bicycle helmets to be distributed to all communities outside Yellowknife.

500 helmets donated by BHP Billiton have now been distributed. Premier Floyd Roland, Transportation Minister Michael McLeod, and Health and Social Services Minister Sandy Lee presented Chief Alec Sunrise with the helmets designated for the Hay River Reserve.

The remainder of the helmets have been distributed to communities as part of local initiatives to promote bicycle safety and awareness.

Partnerships such as this promote transportation safety throughout the NWT. Remember, we can all do more to reduce the risk of injuries and collisions on the roads, trails, and waterways of the NWT.


A properly fitted helmet should fit snug and comfortable, and not be able to tip forward or backward. Helmets should be level from the front to the back, and extend down to about two fingers (3 cm) above the eyebrows. A proper fit can be obtained by using the adjustable foam pads and chinstrap. The front and rear straps should meet just below each ear. The chinstrap should be snug without pinching. Make sure to try on several helmets before you choose one. 

Checklist for replacing a bike helmet:
  • Have you crashed while wearing it?
  • Are there dents, marks or soft spots in the foam when you press against it?
  • Is it more than 5 years old?
  • Does it lack a certified safety standard sticker?
Ways to check for bike helmet damage that may not be visible initially:

Look into your helmet and place your hands on either side, pull apart gently, if you notice any light shining through the solid sections or weakness in the foam, replace immediately.

When selecting a bike, straddle the bike and make sure that both feet are on the ground; a bike that is too big or too small is a safety hazard. It's also important to make sure that the handle bars are within reach and easy to turn.


Before riding, always make sure:
  • Tires are inflated properly;
  • Seat is secure and adjusted properly;
  • Brakes are working properly;
  • Check lights, reflectors (front, back, and pedals), and bell or horn;
  • Chain is oiled, greased and tight;
  • Handle grips are tight and secure;
  • All nuts and bolts are tight;
  • And check wheels for wobbles and broken spokes. 

    Many car/bike collisions take place when children are following each other.
    The first one may run a stop sign and get through, but the second one may get hit.
    Teach your child always to assess the traffic situation for him or herself, and avoid this Group Think behavior.

    For young children, set the following rules: 

    • No playing on the road;
    • No riding on busy streets;
    • No riding at night;
    • Stop for all stop signs;
    • Ride on the right with traffic.

    It's also important to teach your child about driveway safety. The best way is to go outside to the driveway, and practice the following steps:

    • Stop before entering the street;
    • Scan left, right, and left again for traffic;
    • If there's no traffic, proceed into the roadway.  


    How Not to Get Hit by Cars

    Safe Canada's Bicycle Safety

    Safe Cycling Checklist

    Young Cyclist's Guide




















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