Riding a Bike Without a Helmet
- 19 states, the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have a universal helmet law, requiring helmets for all riders.
- The remaining 28 states and Guam require helmets for specific riders.
Fewer states have enacted bicycle helmet laws. GHSA only tracks state laws. However, 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.
Bicycle: Prohibits persons under 18 from riding or being a passenger on a bicycle without wearing helmets meeting specified standards (ANSI or SNELL). Violations are punishable by a fine of not more than $25.
Motorcycle: the fine for violation of California's helmet law can be anything from $10 and "proof of correction" up to $250.00 and one year's probation.
How It Affects The Family
Website Title: Motorcycle Riding Laws by State