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Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

Mandatory Helmet Laws




Summary: Links to copies of helmet laws and materials on them.




Our list of Helmet Laws

We keep a current list of mandatory helmet laws by state and local jurisdiction.


The LAB Position Paper

The helmet law position adopted by the League of American Bicyclists in 1991, and still informative.


How to treat standards

Advice for anyone writing a new helmet law on what helmet standards to reference.


Texts of Laws

We have a number of mandatory helmet laws from states and localities in the U.S. on our site, but are replacing them with direct links when available:

More Laws

  • To search municipal codes and county codes in many US jurisdictions, we find Municode.com very useful.

  • For links to many more state and local bicycle laws, including helmet laws, see the MassBike state laws page.

  • You can search for new laws mentioning bicycle helmets using the query facility of the Library of Congress Thomas legislative information server . Just submit a query with the key words "bicycle helmet".

Exemptions for some riders in some laws

We have a page on helmet law exemptions with some of the exemptions that have been written into laws. A helmet law with exemptions is more difficult to enforce, since with some of the exemptions police cannot determine whether or not a bare headed rider might be exempt.

Evaluations of Helmet Law Effectiveness



Other Views - some even opposed to ours!

We have a page up of responses to points raised in the Internet "helmet wars". It includes links to a number of sites that oppose helmet laws.


This page was last revised on: February 7, 2013.

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