Are bicyclists required to wear helmets?

A number of states and localities have passed laws requiring the use of helmets by bicyclists -- usually targeted at children under the age of 16, although this varies widely. No states have yet passed a law requiring adults to wear helmets. However, the Canadian province of British Columbia's law requires all ages to wear helmets. Additionally several US localities have passed laws requiring all ages to wear helmets, including Dallas, TX, Oklahoma City, OK, Morgantown, WV, and numerous cities and counties in Washington that cover the Seattle metro area and beyond.

For the most up-to-date list of jurisdictions with bike helmet laws, visit Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute or