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, Guam, 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 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.

Pedestrian deaths: What causes fatalities; how to improve safety

Drivers are striking pedestrians at an alarming rate across the country, where the number of pedestrian deaths has increased more than 50% over the past decade. New York has bucked that trend, with stable statistics for pedestrian fatalities during that time.

Pedestrian deaths: What causes fatalities; how to improve safety

Story by Matt Spillane

January 14, 2020

 

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