Nick’s design makes safety look attractive
NICK Parker from Jerilderie Public School has been selected as the Riverina regional winner in the Bicycle NSW Helmet Design Competition.
He was presented with a brand new Fluid Mountain Bike and helmet by Jerilderie Shire Deputy Mayor Ruth McRae at Jerilderie Public School last week.
Grace Peisley was also awarded with a cycling prize pack that includes a helmet, cycle computer and reflective prize pack.
Grace came third in the Riverina and also won the people’s choice award.
Earlier in the year students across NSW were asked to design the artwork for a new bicycle helmet.
Nearly 8000 entries were received for the Bicycle NSW initiative, which aims to increase awareness of the importance of helmet use while riding around on anything with wheels including bikes, scooters, skateboards, skates and blades.
Researchers indicate that while helmet use is a good idea for everyone, it is especially important in protecting the heads and brains of young people.
The annual competition seeks to address the stigma associated with helmet use by giving students a chance to design the artwork that they would like to see on a helmet.
Bicycle NSW community engagement manager Elizabeth Roberts said it is important to understand students perceptions of helmets..
‘‘If students don’t like the look of a helmet they won’t want to wear them, no matter how important they are to their safety.
‘‘Giving students an opportunity to design their own artwork, something they see as cool and as fun, is one way to increase the likelihood that they will be worn.’’
Students were asked to use bright colours to make an eye catching design that would stand out from the crowd.