Bicyclists and Pedestrians

GHSA does not track state pedestrian safety laws but does track bicycle helmet laws in states where they have been enacted. Few states have enacted bicycle helmet laws. While GHSA only tracks state laws, many localities require helmet use for some or all bicyclists.

  • 21 states, the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands have a helmet law for bicyclists below a certain age, generally about 16.
    • Only the Virgin Islands requires helmets for all bicyclists.
  • 29 states and Guam have no bicycle helmet law.

Sources: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and State Highway Safety Offices.

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GHSA does not track state pedestrian safety laws but does track bicycle helmet laws in states where they have been enacted.

2016 Traffic Fatalities: Here's What's Killing U.S. Motorists

NHTSA recently released its 2016 Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes overview, which showed a 9% increase in pedestrian fatalities from the year prior. This article cites GHSA's spotlight on pedestrian fatalities, which predicted a spike in pedestrian deaths for 2016.

2016 Traffic Fatalities: Here's What's Killing U.S. Motorists

Article by Matt Shmitz
October 6, 2017

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