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.

Honolulu Just Passed A Law Banning People From Texting While Crossing The Street

As Honolulu, Hawaii recently passed a law banning pedestrians from texting while crossing the street, this article looks to GHSA's report on Preliminary 2016 Pedestrian Fatality Data for recent trends.

Honolulu Just Passed A Law Banning People From Texting While Crossing The Street

July 27, 2017
Article by Michelle Broder Van Dyke

After 20-year high in 2015, Iowa pedestrian deaths plummet to all-time low in 2016

Though GHSA predicts 2016 saw an 11% increase in pedestrian fatalities nationwide, Iowa reported their pedestrian fatalities were at an all-time low last year. GHSA's Kara Macek and Patrick Hoye of Iowa's SHSO discuss pedestrian safety.

After 20-year high in 2015, Iowa pedestrian deaths plummet to all-time low in 2016

June 23, 2017
Article by Erin Murphy

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