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Bicycle Helmets: A State by State Guide

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Does your state have a law on wearing bicycle helmets? The following guide is a comprehensive breakdown of state helmet laws, as a result, it’s also a good way for you to learn your obligations as a cyclist. 

In the past, bicycle helmets have been a source of disagreement when it comes to necessary safety measures. On one hand, there is evidence to say that helmets can prevent brain injury, on the other hand, skeptics continue to doubt their value. For example, some have claimed helmets might cause more problems than they solve.

Above all, the overwhelming majority of research concludes that helmets do significantly decrease the chances of head injury. Despite this, there is still no universal law insisting cyclists wear a helmet. However, most states have laws in place for minors, and there can also be legal repercussions for adults who were not wearing a helmet during an accident. 

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Bicycle Helmets: State by State Breakdown

StateHelmet Law
AlabamaYes, but only for under 16’s.
AlaskaIn conclusion, none.
ArizonaIn conclusion, none.
ArkansasIn conclusion, none.
CaliforniaYes, but only for under 18’s
ColoradoIn conclusion, none.
ConnecticutYes, but only for under 15’s
DelawareYes, but only for under 18’s
District of ColumbiaYes, but only for under 16’s
FloridaYes, but only for under 16’s
GeorgiaYes, but only for under 16’s
HawaiiYes, but only for under 16’s
IdahoIn conclusion, none.
IllinoisIn conclusion, none.
IndianaIn conclusion, none.
IowaIn conclusion, none.
KansasIn conclusion, none.
KentuckyIn conclusion, none.
LouisianaYes, but only for under 12’s
Maine Yes, but only for under 16’s
Maryland Yes for under 16’s
Massachusetts Yes, but only for under 16’s
Michigan In conclusion, none.
MississippiIn conclusion, none.
MinnesotaIn conclusion, none
MissouriIn conclusion, none.
MontanaIn conclusion, none.
NebraskaIn conclusion, none
NevadaIn conclusion, none
New HampshireYes, but only for under 16’s
New Jersey Yes, but only for under 17’s
New Mexico Yes, but only for under 18’s
New York Yes, but only for under 14’s
North Carolina Yes, but only for under 16’s
North Dakota In conclusion, none
Ohio In conclusion, none.
Oklahoma In conclusion, none.
Oregon Yes, but only for under 16’s
Pennsylvania Yes, but only for under 12’s
Rhode island Yes, but only for under 15’s
South Carolina None.
South Dakota In conclusion, none.
Tennessee  Yes, but only for under 16’s
Texas None.
Utah In conclusion, none.
Vermont  In conclusion, none.
Virginia Yes, but only for under 14’s
Washington In conclusion, none.
West Virginia Yes, but only for under 15’s
Wisconsin In conclusion, none.
Wyoming In conclusion, none.
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In Conclusion

As a cyclist, it is a good idea to take whatever protective measures you can to prevent injury in case of an accident. Therefore, helmets are a good idea for cyclists. Helmets look cooler than ever, further, scientific studies overwhelmingly side in their favor. On top of that, wearing a helmet could be the difference between concussion and brain damage. 

Above all, regardless of your decision about wearing helmets, this state by state guide will inform you of the law in your state.

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