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 and the Northern Mariana Islands have a helmet law for bicyclists below a certain age, generally about 16.
- Only the Virgin Islands and Guam require helmets for all bicyclists.
- The remaining (unlisted) 29 states and Puerto Rico have no bicycle helmet law.
The COVID-19 pandemic has rendered U.S. roadways emptier and more lethal, according to preliminary data from the National Safety Council.
Story by Eleanor Lamb
July 21, 2020
The transportation community is concerned that while overall road deaths dropped from 2009 through 2018, pedestrian deaths rose by 53% to 6,283 in 2018.
Story by Ed Blazina
July 8, 2020
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For traffic engineers, Wisconsin's response to the coronavirus pandemic presented a “real-life experiment” — a way to study changes in traffic patterns that are typically hypothetical.
Story by Chris Hubbuch
June 7, 2020
With roughly two-thirds of the pre-coronavirus traffic gone from New Jersey highways, the open lanes are apparently too inviting to drivers who want to set their own little land speed record.
Story by Larry Higgs
May 27, 2020
With streets emptier than usual, drivers have begun to take more liberties. Stop signs in many neighborhoods have become little more than suggestions, and by at least one key yardstick, speeding is at epidemic proportions.
Story by Stephen Dinan
May 25, 2020
In the wake of anticipated increased highway traffic nationwide as states reopen for business and recreational activities, GHSA is urging motorists to be careful.
Story by Douglas Clark
May 22, 2020