By Sarah Klein
Manitoba is set to make wearing bicycle helmets mandatory for children and youth beginning May 1.
Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs Minister Jim Rondeau on Wednesday reminded the public of the upcoming law.
“We want to see Manitoba kids and youth stay active and safe by ensuring they wear a helmet while cycling,” Rondeau said.
Helmets will be exempt from PST and be required for all riders under the age of 18 whether operating a bike or being pulled by one.
First-time offenders not wearing a helmet can have the $50 fine waived if they complete a unique bicycle helmet safety course. The course includes a new bike helmet video and questions related to bike helmet safety. If the course is completed, the ticket will be dismissed.
Youth aged 14 and up may be issued a ticket directly, while tickets to younger offenders could be issued to parents or guardians.