Bike Helmets for Everyone?

Helmet or no helmet? Should it be law? Photo credit: DSCF2711_0024 via photopin (license)
Helmet or no helmet? Should it be law? Photo credit: DSCF2711_0024 via photopin (license)

California could become the first state in the country to require all bicyclists to wear a helmet. Currently, the helmet requirement only applies to riders under the age of 18. If SB 192  recently introduced by State Senator Carol Liu, D- La Cañada Flintridge becomes law, adults would be required to wear helmets and all riders would be required to wear reflective clothing when cycling at night. Anyone riding without a helmet could be cited for an infraction and fined up to $25, the same as current law for youth cyclists.

More and more people are riding bikes and more are getting injured. According to the California Highway Patrol, nearly 14,000 bicyclists were hurt in crashes in 2012, up from 11,760 in 2008.

“Any responsible bicycle rider should wear a helmet,” said Liu, Chair of the Senate Education Committee in a statement announcing the legislation. “This law will help protect more people and make sure all riders benefit from the head protection that a helmet provides.”

But not everyone agrees. The California Bicycle Coalition opposes the legislation saying it will discourage people from riding and is urging people to sign a petition on their website asking Senator Liu to consider other alternatives.

Now that we have a nifty place to park bikes on Larchmont Blvd, what do you think? 

 

 

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About Patricia Lombard

Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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