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.

'Boulevards of death': why pedestrian road fatalities are surging in the US

As GHSA's recent report projects 2018 pedestrian deaths topped 6,200 for the first time since 1990, report author Richard Retting discusses the trends and how Vision Zero concepts are helping alleviate the problem in some areas.

'Boulevards of death': why pedestrian road fatalities are surging in the US

Story by Lauren Aratani
March 12, 2019

Pedestrian Deaths in U.S. Approach Highest Number in Nearly 30 Years, Study Shows

A new GHSA report projects pedestrian deaths topped 6,200 in 2018, the highest annually since 1990. GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins and report author Richard Retting discuss the findings.

Pedestrian Deaths in U.S. Approach Highest Number in Nearly 30 Years, Study Shows

Story by Christina Caron and Niraj Chokshi
March 7, 2019

Dead man, women walking: Pedestrian fatalities highest since 1990

Pedestrian deaths are projected to have risen across DC, Maryland and Virginia in 2018, according to GHSA's latest report. Kara Macek, Senior Director of Communications and Programs, discusses the behavioral and design changes needed to address this issue.

Dead man, women walking: Pedestrian fatalities highest since 1990

Story by Neal Augenstein
February 28, 2019

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