Bicycle Helmet Use Laws

Lessons Learned from Selected Sites
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

This report presents the experiences of six jurisdictions in enacting and implementing bicycle helmet use laws: Austin, Texas; Jacksonville and Duval County, Florida; State of Maryland; State of Oregon; Port Angeles, Washington; Seymour, Connecticut.

In brief, this report explored:

  • The introduction, passage, and implementation of bicycle helmet use laws, with a focus on enforcement issues;
  • Significant factors in the passage and implementation of these laws;
  • Whether or not the effectiveness of these laws was being measured;
  • Those factors that influenced whether or not these laws were evaluated.

The appendix contains materials from some of the bicycle helmet education programs.

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