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.

Largest Spike In Pedestrians Killed Ever Recorded Occurred In 2016, New Estimates Show

With GHSA projecting an unprecedented 11% increase in pedestrian fatalities from 2015 to 2016, this article details the findings of the Association's recent Spotlight on Highway Safety.

Largest Spike In Pedestrians Killed Ever Recorded Occurred In 2016, New Estimates Show

March 31, 2017
Article by Tanya Mohn

Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: 2016 Preliminary Data

GHSA's annual Spotlight on Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities projects an 11% increase in the number of persons on foot killed on U.S. roadways last year, compared to 2015. This report offers a first look at state-by-state trends in pedestrian traffic fatalities for 2016, using preliminary data provided by all 50 State Highway Safety Offices and the District of Columbia.

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