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.

Better headlights needed to improve pedestrian safety after spike in deaths, NTSB says

As the National Transportation Safety Board released new recommendations to enhance pedestrian safety, this article references GHSA's statement of support for the recommendations and comprehensive, localized solutions to the issue.

Better headlights needed to improve pedestrian safety after spike in deaths, NTSB says

Article by Nathan Bomey
September 25, 2018

GHSA Supports NTSB’s Call for Comprehensive, Localized Solutions to Prevent Pedestrian Fatalities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2018

CONTACT: Kara Macek; 202-789-0942 x140

Statement by GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) meets to consider recommendations to enhance pedestrian safety, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) thanks the Board for supporting a collaborative and locally-focused approach to the issue.

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