Bicycle Helmet Use Laws

Lessons Learned from Selected Sites


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.

Filed in: Enforcement, Plans and Policies, Crashes and Safety

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