Bike modification software to replace helmets at Edmonton event
Edmonton — Bikes are going to have to be modified if they’re going to be allowed to take part in a large-scale, one-day event, the province’s minister of transportation and infrastructure says.
In a blog post Friday, James Moore said there are several changes coming to bike helmets.
“We are working on modifications to helmets to accommodate a number of different styles and sizes,” he said.
“Our goal is to ensure that all riders, regardless of age, gender, riding style, and type of helmet, will have the capability to ride safely and safely with confidence.”
“We will be looking at helmet designs that are safe, strong, and flexible,” Moore wrote.
“I have been working with industry stakeholders to find ways to make helmets more user-friendly and to help make them easier to put on, adjust, and take off.”
Some helmet designs are already in use in Canada.
But the Alberta government is seeking input on a proposed helmet that would incorporate technology developed in the U.S. helmet industry.
A helmet that could be in use at the Edmonton event, Moore wrote, would incorporate the UBS-developed technology.
“While the helmet in this example will be an updated version of the UBC helmet, we have heard that the UBBS helmet was popular with cyclists in the United States, where it has been used in competitions since 2008,” Moore said.
The helmet would have two sensors: one on each helmet, and another sensor on each side.
“The sensors on the front and the sensors on each of the back are designed to monitor the rider’s body position, and to send information back to the control centre for the helmet control system,” he wrote.
Moore said the Alberta version of a helmet would include a sensor on the forehead that detects blood pressure and temperature.
A rider’s helmet would also have a GPS unit and a Bluetooth transmitter to transmit data to the device, Moore said, adding the helmets would be available to the public at a cost of $4,000 to $6,000.
“With the helmet, the user can see where they are in relation to the cyclist and then the helmet can take their helmet off to see what the helmet is doing,” Moore explained.
“They can then see the data that is transmitted back to us.”
The government said in an email to CBC News that there is no current evidence to suggest a U.BBS-made helmet would be more effective than the Canadian model.
“Currently, there is insufficient evidence to demonstrate that UBS helmets are more effective in reducing head injuries,” the government said.