WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday adopted an amendment recommending all 50 states pass laws requiring bicyclists of all ages to wear helmets.
The recommendation was made after an NTSB panel discussed its study on U.S. bicycle safety. Recent traffic fatality statistics show that 857 bicyclists died in crashes with motor vehicles in 2018, a 6.3% increase over 2017, even though total road fatalities decreased by 2.4 percent in 2018.
The fatalities do not include solo bicycle crashes or incidents involving “dooring,” when a parked motorist opens a vehicle door in front of a passing cyclist.
Currently about 22 states have helmets laws, but all require helmets only for children under a certain age, ranging from 12 to 18.
Investigators identified other countermeasures — which were discussed Tuesday and included road improvements and improved rider visibility with reflective clothing and lights — to reduce the number of collisions between bicyclists and motorists.
Board member Jennifer Homendy made the request for the helmet recommendation, and it was approved by Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt and Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg.
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