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.

No National Progress in Reducing Pedestrian Fatalities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2018

Contact: Kara Macek, kmacek@ghsa.org
202-789-0942 x140

2017 Marks 2nd Year of 25-Year High Level of Deaths

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) projects nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2017, marking the second year in a row at numbers not seen in 25 years.

Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: 2017 Preliminary Data

GHSA's annual Spotlight on Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities projects nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2017. The report is a first glimpse at state and national trends in pedestrian traffic fatalities for 2017, using preliminary data provided by all 50 State Highway Safety Offices and the District of Columbia.

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