The Helmet Update
Volume 28, #5, July 12, 2010
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Mackinac Island Community Helmet Project
The Michigan community of Mackinac Island has considered adopting a local bicycle helmet ordinance in the past, but has
rejected the idea.
On June 24th the Mackinac Island Community Foundation announced a contest to design a community bicycle helmet. The
winner will be selected in August, and the helmets will be available for the summer of 2011. The idea grew from the death
of cyclist Jim Juday, and is an effort to promote voluntary helmet usage on the island.
The helmets will be manufactured by Nutcase
, a US company that specializes in
unusual graphics. Current nutcase graphics include a watermelon helmet, flags, bright polka dots and other color
combinations designed to appeal to children and adults. The basic helmet is a skate-style design with small round vents
that meets the US CPSC bicycle helmet standard. Nutcase was alone among the manufacturers contacted to be interested in
producing a helmet for Mackinac Island, a community of 500 residents.
There is more info on the Mackinac Island Community Foundation site
The Helmet Update - Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
Randy Swart, Editor
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