Summary: We are pleased that there is now a site on the 'net with the graphics pizaaaz for young riders.
This is the best graphic helmet site on the Web! Sponsored by a non-profit HMO in California, this site
is totally cool and absolutely graphic. You do need Shockwave to see their pages, but
everything moves and the advanced graphics are worth the visit. The spinning logo is their
theme piece, and there are banners scrolling all the time to reinforce the idea of excitement
and movement. Don't snicker until you have played with it -- it's fun!
There is a whole 20-page comic book on this site, with huge full-page graphic files that
load quickly in blurred form to keep your interest and sharpen as the file continues to come
over the wire. Rad Rider is a muscular hero who takes a whole page to get his helmet on just
right before he charges off on his bike after the bad Dr. Hardrive, heeding safety rules all
the way. There is a chase scene, and moderate violence. The Mayor seems grateful as Rad Rider
rescues her. This is great stuff!
- - - Talk balloons change
in synch with his lips!
The HMO is Inland Empire Health Plan, a non-profit founded by two California counties.
They have developed a package of materials for schools that will be available eventually, and they have
given out 40,000 free helmets as part of the education program. Their teaching materials tie
their Web site into homework, with an interactive test for kids to take home to work on with
their parents that gives instant feedback on correct responses when done on line. (You can see
the test questions without all the drama of Shockwave, by using
The site also has a Stunt Show, plus the usual links, contact info and such.
This is a dynamite site!
Note: There was once a site called "Cranium Canyon"
sponsored by McDonalds and the Consumer Product Safety Commission as part of a helmet promotion campaign they launched in April of 1999. The graphics were great and they had downloadable photos as well. But the site has disappeared from the old URL "bikehelmet.org" and we have not been able to find the material anywhere else.
This page was last revised on: August 29, 2006.