State Senator Drops Mandatory Helmet Proposal for Bicyclists

In a victory for bicycle advocates, a state senator has dropped a proposal that would have made California the first state in the country to require every adult who rides a bicycle wear a helmet.

Instead, State Sen. Carole Liu’s legislation now calls for a “comprehensive study of bicycle helmet use in California” that would “evaluate the potential safety benefits of a mandatory helmet law.”

“Carole believes in consensus-driven policy, and there were too many conflicting opinions about helmet use,” said a spokesman, Robert Oakes. “A study will provide the data needed to guide us to the next step.”

The amended bill also removes a requirement that would have required bicyclists to wear “retroreflective high-visibility safety apparel” at night… (more)

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