WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government attempted to break a Guinness World Record on Wednesday to mark the 10-year anniversary of the province’s low-cost bike helmet initiative.
More than 1,300 staff and students from local schools wore their helmets for a minimum of five minutes. The current record stands at 1,263 participants wearing helmets in the same place at the same time.
To date, more than 104,000 helmets have been distributed, Healthy Living and Seniors Minister Deanne Crothers said.
“Cycling is a fun, healthy and environmentally friendly way to get around, whether you’re going to work, school, running errands or just out for a ride, but safety is rule number one,” she said.
The record attempt will be verified by Guinness officials before becoming official.
Details on the province’s 2015-16 helmet program will be shared with schools and child-care facilities in the fall.