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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Bike Helmet Fitting Flyer

Getting the Perfect Fit

Watch out for:

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Tilting


Wear your helmet level on your head, about two finger-widths above your eyebrows.


 

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Loose Straps


Make sure the straps are snug. Only about two fingers should fit beneath 
the chin strap.


 

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Wrong Size


Your helmet should fit snugly and not rock side-to-side. Foam pads usually included with the helmet or internal adjustors can assist with fine-tuning.


 

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Backwards


The widest part of the helmet should rest against the back of your head.


 

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You’re ready to roll!


For detailed instructions on adjusting a bike helmet, click here.

Helmets are required by Oregon State Law for people biking under 16.


Replace your helmet after any crash and whenever you see signs of damage.


Helmet Resources


Helmets can be purchased at most bicycle shops in Portland. Here are a few lower cost helmet options for both youth and adults.


BIKES FOR HUMANITY PDX


Low-cost helmets for adults and youth available at their non-profit bike shop and school. Call ahead for availability.


3354 SE Powell Blvd. Portland, OR 97202
(503) 496-6941

b4hpdx.org


DOERNBECHER CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL SAFETY CENTER


Low-cost multisport helmets for youth available at their Oregon Health & Science University location.


700 SW Campus Drive Portland, OR 97239
(503) 418-5666

safety@ohsu.edu


RANDALL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL SAFETY CENTER


Low-cost multisport helmets for youth available at their Legacy Emanuel Hospital location.


501 N Graham St. Portland, OR 97227
(503) 413-4600