Bicycle Helmet Videos
Summary: Here are the best helmet videos we know of, with sources. We can send some of them to you free,
including the latest ones from DOT. We recommend a web search to update this list. If the links below don't work, you can
sometimes find the videos on YouTube. We have a separate page on videos and PSA's found only on
The videos below are free and we can send them to you on five DVDs with good resolution. All are limited to non-profit
use. They do not have captioning, so are not suitable for some persons with disabilities.
Bike Helmets 101: A Basic Users Guide to Brain Safety
The only helmet safety video we have ever seen that is fun to watch. It was done by three Manitoba organizations, and
features fast cuttings, quirky humor and good information in three minutes. It seems suitable for a wide range of age
groups. Short, so it is best used to get a discussion going on specifics of helmet and bike safety. You can access it
on YouTube or we can send you a higher resolution copy with
our other DVDs (see below). We also have a Study Guide to help get a classroom
discussion going. This one is specifically limited to non-profit use by schools and community groups. Note: If the
video stops in Windows Media Player at the opening menu screen, just hit Enter to play it.
DOT's Bicycle Safer Journey: a 2014 update of
videos, curricula, lesson plans, quizzes, and just about everything you need for classroom instruction of basic
bicycle safety, including helmets. Spanish materials are included. There are links to other sites for more curricula.
This is not a helmet-specific site, but by far the best thing DOT has ever produced. We can send
you the videos on disk if downloading from YouTube doesn't work for you.
These five older DOT videos made in 2002 are also available free on disk from us:
Ride Smart - It's Time to Start
One of the best free videos anybody has produced for "tweens" from about 8 to 12. Preaching, but all done by kids.
Damaged helmets, jello and egg smashes, good fitting instructions and brief rules of the road. Eight minutes if you
ignore the end credits. Available on YouTube.
Bike Safe - Bike Smart
This one covers bicycle safety. Hosted by Celine Yeager. Covers bike types, helmet and fit, lights, bright clothing,
bike check, regulations, extensive rules of the road and riding techniques including night riding tips. Reviews rules
at the end. All kids, diverse cast. Available On YouTube.
Bicycle Safety Tips for Adults
Covers choosing the right bike, safety equipment, pre-ride safety checks and rules of the road. Eight minutes.
Available on YouTube.
Fitting a Bike Helmet.
Has a crash scene, brief bad advice on old standards, and good step by step instructions on fit. Four minutes.
Available on YouTube.
Ajuste del casco de bicicleta.
Spanish language video, available on YouTube. Replaced by
the Spanish videos on Bicycle Safer Journey disk described above.
You can preview the Youtube-quality versions of the DOT videos. If that resolution is adequate for your use, you can
just download them.
And two more available free from us:
Jello in a Jar
For tweens. The actors are all young teens, and seem fairly natural. There is of course a drop-jello-brain sequence,
and an interview with a head-injured boy, who can't ride yet and has to leave because his father has come to pick him
up, while the others ride away on their bikes. Here is a
YouTube version in low resolution. The CD we send with the videos above has higher res and no ads.
- Professor Helmut on Helmets
A "professor" in a white lab coat covers helmet testing, why you need one and fitting. He does a fun melon drop on a
concrete floor. Six minutes. We include it with our other DVDs by permission from the now-defunct Protective Headgear
Manufacturers Association, whose former members are listed in the credits.
All of the videos above are available free from us here at BHSI. We can send you a package of five DVDs that include
Can-Bike Helmets 101, Jello in a Jar, Professor Helmut on Helmets, the 2014 DOT video disk and the 2012 DOT video disk.
If you need them please send us an email
with a postal mailing address. There is no charge for
them--we do the duplicating here at BHSI and our donors cover the modest costs. If you need pamphlet duplicating masters
and other materials on paper, the disks are included in the paper and disk version of our Toolkit for
Helmet Promotion Programs
, also free.
The videos are DVD-quality and the files are too big for us to put online.
Available from other sources, not freeI Will Wear It and Live
We have not seen it, but designed for the tweens group (8 to 12 years). Footage of the actual rehabilitation of an
11-year-old girl struck by a car while riding her bicycle without a helmet. A series of individual children and tweens
make a personal pledge to wear their helmets every time they ride their bikes. 5 minutes. Comes with a leader's
discussion guide. $20 including shipping from Linda Schillinger or call 616-242-0360 or send a check payable to "Mary
Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital" to Linda Schillinger, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, 235 Wealthy SE, Grand
Rapids, MI 49503.
How to Fit a Helmet
A very well done helmet fitting video. Suitable for training a parent to fit a child's helmet or for training helmet
fitters for a program. Seven well-edited minutes covering all the essentials of helmet fit. An adult demonstrates fitting
a number of children. Trainers should probably see it twice. From:
Pierce County Safe Kids Coalition
Jenny Sharp, Coordinator
West Pierce Fire & Rescue
3631 Drexler Drive W
University Place, WA 98467
Direct (253) 983-4574
Cell (253) 226-9356
Cost is $15, with checks made payable to "Pierce County Safe Kids Coalition."
The Perfect Fit
Another excellent video on fitting helmets. Features Susan DeMattei and other racers instructing a group of kids on how
to fit their helmets, interspersed with a few mountain biking scenes. Text whizzes by too fast, but the advice is sound.
Six minutes. Teletech Video, 33816 Robles Dr, Unit B, Dana Point, CA 92629, tel 949-388-7780 email: email@example.com
Kids, Watch What Can Happen If You Don't Wear a Helmet!
Texas Medical Association's melon drop demo. Available on
Bike Safety with Bill Nye the Science Guy
Hosted by The Science Guy, who pounds in the message. A Disney video with very high production values, abrupt transitions
accompanied by great sound effects. Simulated crashes using miniature figures should keep the kids' attention. Covers
each safety rule briefly, but repeats the helmet message throughout. Has kids, cops, racers, a messenger and a melon
drop. They call it 22 minutes, but our copy ran in 16. Accompanied by a Teacher's Guide. Closed-captioned. Available from
Disney Educational Productions, 105 Terry Drive, STE 120, Newtown, PA 18940-1425 or call 800-295-5010. $30 + shipping and
any applicable state sales tax. (2012 price)
There's No One Like You!
A reasonable video for middle school kids from Headstrong of Denver. Features teens riding and doing stunts, then a coach
with an inspirational message that misses the mark. A Denver newscaster goes over a brain model and shows how brain
injuries occur, then how a helmet works. Next comes a boy who suffered a brain injury, and clearly is still slightly
impaired, and others who crashed with a helmet. Nine minutes. From the Denver Osteopathic Foundation - 303-996-1140.
A Kid's Eye View
A fine video for parents to help them understand the mistakes kids make on the street, and the safety rules to teach
them. Comes with a pamphlet for follow up. Has most of the elements of the How Kids See
pamphlet, also done by the City of Madison, Wisconsin. We don't know if Madison is still distributing the
video or not.
Before the Fall
For adults. Why your child should wear a helmet. Well done, heavy, with a parade of experts scaring you interspersed with
shots of cyclists riding. Don Reed, Cherry Capital Cycling Club, 4765 Ludlow Rd. SW, So. Boardman, MI 49680, tel
616-369-2294 (home). Also available from the Snell Foundation
Chinese Helmet Spot
Produced in China by David James Scott. A 30 second spot where two corporate types are wondering how to hire one of two
equally-qualified candidates, until they see them cycle away and one puts on a helmet. "Now we know who has the brains."
The producer says "It's predicated on the belief that young people will not wear a helmet because of fear, but they might
if they think it makes them look smart, or gives them a leg up on a job possibility."
Putting Safety on Top
A video to convince Oregon police officers to enforce the state's helmet law. Head-injured kid, interviews with the
Governor, his wife and police officials. 13 minutes, Oregon-specific. Available from the Oregon Health Division, or from
the Bicycle Helmet Program, Oregon Department of Human Resources, 800 N. Oregon St, #825, Portland, OR 97232, phone (503)
731-4399. Also available to borrow from the Transportation Safety Section, 555 13th St. NE, Salem, OR 97310 Phone
Video Clips on Helmet Testing
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has done a video clip of their lab testing. We have info on
the video clip
. There is also a YouTube video put up by
showing their lab testing on both the European style "basket rig" and a US-style monorail. And the Snell Memorial Foundation
has produced Snell: Kidz Vidz
(5 min). It explains Snell's testing
to kids up to age 10. We don't know what donation they suggest for the video.
General Bicycle Safety Videos
The League of American Bicyclists has a series of short videos on various topics
. We were not impressed with
the helmet fitting video.