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.

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.

As the Pandemic Opens More Roadways to Pedestrians, States Help Launch October as Pedestrian Safety Month

As pedestrian fatalities have soared to historic levels in the past decade, GHSA joined earlier today with U.S. Department of Transportation officials and walking advocates to designate October National Pedestrian Safety Month.

As the Pandemic Opens More Roadways to Pedestrians, States Help Launch October as Pedestrian Safety Month

GHSA News Release
September 29, 2020

As COVID-19 Shifts Transportation Preferences, New Report Highlights Need for E-scooter and E-bike Safety Initiatives

Personal transportation device use will likely grow as wary commuters avoid public transit during the pandemic, requiring education, infrastructure investment, improved data collection and enforcement to protect road users.

As COVID-19 Shifts Transportation Preferences, New Report Highlights Need for E-scooter and E-bike Safety Initiatives

GHSA News Release
August 27, 2020

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