Bicycle helmets reduce the risk of serious head injuries in forceful impacts, but, more than half of Americans who ride a bike, skateboard or scooter don’t wear one. Many states have put laws into place requiring the use of a helmet, but what exactly are the laws?
Here’s a quick guide to help you and your family ride safely (and legally).
BIKE HELMET LAWS BY STATE
STATEWIDE LAWS THAT REQUIRE RIDERS TO WEAR BIKE HELMETS
A handful of states have instituted statewide laws that require the use of a helmet while riding a bicycle or mountain bike or while cycling and skateboarding. These laws often target youth and hold parents or guardians accountable for their childrens’ safety. But, there are almost no statewide laws that hold adults accountable for wearing a helmet. Here’s a breakdown by age and state.
Despite having statewide helmet laws or not, some cities require all ages to wear a bicycle helmet while riding. These are the cities:
Interestingly, while both Washington and Missouri haven’t implemented statewide bicycle helmet laws, many of their cities do require one to be worn no matter your age. Head here for the full list.
STATES THAT DON'T REQUIRE RIDERS TO WEAR BIKE HELMETS
There are 13 states with no bike helmet laws in place. If you live in one of these states or are passionate about bicycle advocacy, consider being a voice to help protect the 57 million bicyclists across the U.S.
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