After being unable to find a bicycle helmet to properly fit her sons who keep their hair in turbans, Toronto mom Tina Singh launched her own company, Sikh Helmets, to bridge the gap.
The new model from Sikh Helmets is designed for multiple sports. It is certified for use by kids over the age of five in a variety of activities including bicycles, inline skating, kick scooters and skateboards.
According to a story by the CBC, Singh worked on the design and testing of the helmet for more than two years.
In an interview with CTV News Toronto, Singh said “I spent so much of my time as an occupational therapist working in the area of acquired brain injury that I knew that I didn’t want my kids riding without a helmet.”
In an article on CP24, Singh said the response has been positive.
“I think the positive response from parents who have been trying to, you know, upsize their helmets, or cutting holes in their helmets, or digging into the foam of the helmets – all of the things that we did before – are really appreciative to have an option where they don’t need to do those things,” she said.
Sikhs were granted an exemption to Ontario’s motorcycle helmet law in 2018 on religious grounds. Ontario children under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle.
Although the helmets are not yet available, potential users can register on the company website and will be sent a notice advising of the release date.