HELMET LAWS FOR BICYCLE RIDERS
Some believe helmets should be mandatory for anyone riding a bicycle. I am not here to discuss or argue this matter one way or the other. I will just say this … I do believe in freedom. I personally choose to wear a bike helmet while riding a two wheel vehicle being it a bicycle or motorcycle. On my tadpole trike I rarely wear a helmet and feel quite safe without wearing one. I also believe that anyone who chooses not to wear a helmet should not be eligible to receive any monetary (medical) help from taxpayers.
Legislators often make laws making it mandatory for children to wear helmets and in some places they have also included adults.
Certainly there are statistics supporting the use of helmets … “In the United States, 300 children are killed each year in bicycle-related accidents.
About 400,000 children are injured in bike-related accidents each year that require emergency room treatment.
Eighty percent of fatal bike injuries or 75 percent of disabling injuries could be prevented with a helmet.
Studies have shown that helmets reduce the risk of bike-related injuries by 85 percent.”
This information is from the Johns Hopkins Injury Prevention Center …
“Each year in the United States, more than 900 cyclists are killed.
Bicyclists hospitalized with head injuries are 20 times as likely to die as those without.
Bicycle death rates per 100,000 are highest at age 10 -14.
Bicycle injury rates per million trips are highest at age 5-15.
Fifty-six percent of fatally injured cyclists are 20 or older.
Bicycle death rates per million trips are highest above 50.
Head injuries in cyclists are noted in 65,000 emergency room cases and 7,700 hospital admissions annually.”
HERE are the States which have mandatory helmet laws … New Mexico was the first to include tricycle riders.
The green states are states with state-wide bike helmet laws.
The red states are states with some local helmet laws.
The black states have no known state helmet laws.
And HERE are the U.S. Military Regs on Bicycle Helmets.
These are British soldiers. I could not find any pictures of U.S. military personnel riding bicycles and wearing helmets.
Some of us travel around and ride in various locations. We need to know what the laws are concerning the use of helmets, especially if we are among those who normally don’t wear a helmet on our trikes. Hopefully this information resource will be helpful to you. Be safe, enjoy the ride and …
KEEP ON TRIKIN’