Bike Helmets

Bus Stop and Bike Lane

Bike Helmets No Longer Required in Seattle After Research Reveals Enforcement Disparities

The data on bike helmets have changed. Laws are starting to change too.

February 22, 2022 - The Seattle Times

Bikes on Marcy Ave, new York

Opinion: Only Slower Traffic Reduces Traffic Deaths

A package of bills in the New York legislature seeks to increase licensing and safety requirements for bikes, e-bikes, and scooters. But research shows speeding and impaired driving are still the top killers of pedestrians and cyclists.

June 24, 2021 - Curbed

Bus Stop and Bike Lane

U.S. Cities Reexamine the Discriminatory Effects of Bike Helmet Laws

Data from cities across the country show that bike helmet laws are enforced more aggressively in communities of color.

April 26, 2021 - The Guardian

Protected Bike Lane

Seattle's Homeless Bearing the Brunt of Helmet Citations

Almost half of bike helmet citations in the city are issued to people experiencing homelessness.

December 28, 2020 - Crosscut

Protected Bike Lane

Nation's Top Safety Board Recommends Protected Bike Lanes

The NTSB chair issued a stark warning on Nov. 5: "If we do not improve roadway infrastructure for bicyclists, bicyclists will die who otherwise would not," stated Robert Sumwalt in introducing their first report in 47 years devoted to bike safety.

November 19, 2019 - National Transportation Safety Board

Brooklyn Bridge Bike Lane

Panel Recommends Federal Bike Helmet Law

The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that all 50 states require people on bikes of all ages to wear helmets.

November 6, 2019 - StreetsBlog NYC

Legislation would Require Bike Helmets, Reflective Clothing for Bike Riders

A newly proposed bill in California comes down hard on one side of a hotly contested issue regarding the necessity of helmets in ensuring the safety of bikers.

February 12, 2015 - Sacramento Bee

Kids Biking

Study Casts Doubt on Bike Helmet Laws for Children

Do bike helmet laws prevent injuries for children, or do they just discourage children from riding bikes?

January 1, 2015 - The Incidental Economist

Did Advocates Overreact to Bike Safety Report?

When I read the subtitle to the recent GHSA bike safety report, "Adult Males and Urban Environments Now Represent Bulk of Deaths," I took an interest as I fit that demographic. I was surprised to read here about the dispute that erupted from it.

November 10, 2014 - Governing

Can this Vending Machine Solve the Bike Share Helmet Harangue?

Mexico City, Melbourne, and Vancouver are just some of the cities that have struggled to get citywide bike-sharing systems off the ground due to local laws mandating the use of bike helmets. A new helmet vending machine could help break the impasse.

August 5, 2013 - PSFK

Vancouver Gets Its Wheels

Vancouver has apparently overcome the obstacle that's prevented the city from hopping on the 'urban trend of the century'. When the city's bike-share system begins operation this fall it will feature 'the continent’s first helmet-dispensing system'.

July 19, 2013 - The Globe and Mail

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