Nick’s de­sign makes safety look at­trac­tive

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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.

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