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Does your child wear a bike helmet for a ride around the block?

Posted by on Jul. 21, 2014 at 1:42 PM
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DS is 8yo and just began riding a bike this summer. We go for a ride almost everyday and he's allowed to go around the block on his own during non-rush hour times.

Yesterday i noticed that he seems to be the only kid who doesn't have a helmet on. Not all parents are wearing them but the kids are. It doesn't appear to be a law here but i wondered if it was a neighborhood thing or if I'm the only parent who doesn't put a helmet on a kid for a ride around the block.


by on Jul. 21, 2014 at 1:42 PM
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by Ruby Member on Jul. 21, 2014 at 1:43 PM
Its the law, so, yeah. They do.
by AllieCat on Jul. 21, 2014 at 1:43 PM

It's the law here, regardless of age, and if you are caught not wearing a helmet the fine can be hefty.

I can't say my kids never rode their bikes without a helmet while in our neighborhood.  

When my daughter takes off for a ride she must wear hers, cruising around town without one is not wise.

by on Jul. 21, 2014 at 1:44 PM

I never have either. When they were little I made them but as they got older it became less of an issue.

by New Member on Jul. 21, 2014 at 1:45 PM
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Mine always wear their helmets.  All it takes is one car or a bad fall to cause a head injury.  Better safe than sorry. 

by Silver Member on Jul. 21, 2014 at 1:46 PM
Yes. I see A LOT of kids around my neighborhood that don't, tho. I've gotten like 'good for you' acknowledgments from strangers walking because I make my kid wear one and have since he was old enough for riding toys. Kind of an indication of how many kids you see without one.
by on Jul. 21, 2014 at 1:47 PM

My kid is only 3.5 so he doesn't technically ride a bike yet. He has a 3 wheel scooter and a big wheel. He doesn't wear a helmet when he rides those. If he's in his seat on the back of my bike he wears one, but I do not.

by on Jul. 21, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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Helmet Laws for Bicycle Riders

Revised immediately upon receipt of new info.
For date of last revision see last line at the bottom.

Summary: There is no federal law in the U.S. requiring bicycle helmets. The states and localities below began adopting laws in 1987, mostly limited to children under 18. At present, 22 States including the District of Columbia have state-wide laws, and more than 201 localities have local ordinances. More info on helmet laws follows the list.

StateJurisdictionAges/ConditionsEffective Date
State lawUnder 161995
MontevalloAll ages1993
HomewoodAll ages1994
AnchorageUnder 162005
BethelUnder 182004
JuneauUnder 182006
KenaiUnder 162004
SitkaUnder 182005
FlagstaffUnder 182010
Pima CountyUnder 181995
Sierra VistaUnder 181995
TucsonUnder 181993
YumaUnder 181997
State LawPassengers under 51987
State LawRiders under 181994
State LawUnder 18 * Scooters, skateboards, inline skates2003
Bidwell Park, ChicoAll ages1991
El CerritoAll ages1993
State LawUnder 161993/1997
City of Seymour
(Repealed 1998)
All ages1998
State LawUnder 18 *1996
District of Columbia
District LawUnder 16 *2000/04
State LawUnder 16 **1997
State LawUnder 161993
State LawUnder 162001
BarringtonUnder 171997
Chicago (messengers)All ages
CiceroUnder 161997
InvernessUnder 161999
Libertyville (Incentives only)1997
SkokieUnder 162002
LawrenceUnder 16 *2004
Louisville (Parks)Under 18 *2002
Louisville Extreme ParkAll ages2002
State LawUnder 122002
State LawUnder 161999
State LawUnder 16 *1995
Allegany CountyUnder 161992
Howard CountyUnder 161990
Montgomery CountyUnder 181991
SykesvilleAll ages1995
State LawPassengers under 51990
State LawRiders under 17 *1994/2004
AdrianUnder 151998
E. Grand RapidsUnder 181995
Farmington HillsUnder 16 *1999
Kensington MetroparkAll ages1998
HernandoUnder 17 *2010
StarkvilleAll ages *2010
St Louis County1 to 16 *Unincorp. areas 2002/ Countywide 2008
St Louis County municipalities of:- - -- - -
BallwinUnder 172006
Bel-RidgeAll ages2002
Bella VillaUnder 172005
Bellefontaine NeighborsUnder 172005
BerkeleyAll ages2000
Black JackAll ages2008
Calverton ParkAll ages2001
ChesterfieldUnder 172008
ClaytonUnder 172005
Creve CoeurAll ages2000
EllisvilleUnder 172005
FlorissantUnder 172003
GlendaleAll ages2008
Grantwood VillageAll ages2003
Hanley HillsUnder 172007
HazelwoodUnder 172007
Moline AcresUnder 172008
NormandyUnder 172004
NorthwoodsUnder 172003
Norwood CourtUnder 172004
OlivetteUnder 17*2005
OverlandUnder 172005
PagedaleAll ages2002
RiverviewUnder 172008
Rock HillUnder 172003
St. JohnUnder 172001
Sycamore HillsAll ages2008
Town & CountryAll ages2002
Velda CityAll ages2006
Velda Village HillsAll ages2005
Vinita TerraceUnder 212001
Webster GrovesUnder 172004
Wilber ParkUnder 172005
WildwoodUnder 172005
St Louis Co ParksUnder 172001
- - -- - -- - -
Municipalities in other counties
ColumbiaUnder 16 *2003
St CharlesUnder 162006
BillingsUnder 162001
Duckwater Indian ReservationUnder 172001
Reno/Sparks Indian ColonyUnder 172002
New Hampshire
State LawUnder 162006
New Jersey
State LawUnder 17 *1992/05
New Mexico
State LawUnder 18 *2007
Los Alamos CountyUnder 181995
New York
State LawPassengers under 51989
State LawRiders under 14*1994/2004
EastchesterUnder 19 *2004
Erie County ParksAll ages1993
GreenburghAll ages1994
GuilderlandUnder 141992
Onondaga County-SyracuseUnder 182001
Rockland CountyAll ages1992
Suffolk County14 to 172000
North Carolina
State LawUnder 162001
Black MountainAll ages1996
BooneAll ages1995
Carolina BeachUnder 161994
CarrboroUnder 161997
CaryUnder 162001
Chapel HillUnder 161992
CharlotteUnder 16 *2002
CorneliusUnder 16 *2001
GreenvilleUnder 161998
MatthewsUnder 162001
AkronUnder 162001
BeachwoodUnder 161990
BexleyUnder 162010
Blue AshUnder 162003
BrecksvilleUnder 18 *1998
BrooklynUnder 142001
CentervilleUnder 181999
CincinnatiUnder 16 *2004
ColumbusAges 1-17 *effective 2009
DaytonUnder 132004
East ClevelandUnder 18 *2004
EnonUnder 16 *2004
EuclidUnder 142001
GlendaleUnder 19 *2000
KetteringUnder 16 *2004
LakewoodUnder 181997
MadeiraUnder 17 *2002
MariettaUnder 16 *2004
Orange VillageAges 6 to 151992
Pepper PikeUnder 182000
Shaker HeightsAll ages over 5 inc. passengers1997
South EuclidUnder 142000
StrongsvilleUnder 121993
WaynesvilleUnder 17 *2000
NormanUnder 182003
Oklahoma City (city property only)All ages1999
State LawUnder 16 *1994
State LawRiders under 121995
Rhode Island
State LawUnder 16 *1996/1998/2007
State LawUnder 161994/2000
ClarksvilleUnder 161993
ArlingtonUnder 181997
AustinUnder 181996/97
BedfordUnder 161996
BenbrookUnder 171996
CoppellUnder 151997
DallasUnder 181996/2014
Fort WorthUnder 181996
HoustonUnder 181995
SouthlakeUnder 151999
Virginia ***
Albemarle CountyUnder 15
AlexandriaUnder 151994
Amherst CountyUnder 151993
Arlington CountyUnder 151993
BlacksburgUnder 151994
Clarke CountyUnder 15
Fairfax CountyUnder 151993
Falls ChurchUnder 151993
Floyd CountyUnder 15
Front RoyalUnder 151996
HamptonUnder 151999
HarrisonburgUnder 15
James City CountyUnder 151999
LurayUnder 15
ManassasUnder 151995
Manassas ParkUnder 151997
Newport NewsUnder 151997
NorfolkUnder 152001
Orange CountyUnder 15
PetersburgUnder 152000
Prince William Co.Under 151995
RadfordUnder 152000
RoanokeUnder 152000
SalemUnder 152000
Stafford CountyUnder 15
ViennaUnder 15
Virginia BeachUnder 151995
WilliamsburgUnder 152001
WiseUnder 15
York CountyUnder 151994
Washington State
AberdeenAll ages2001
AuburnAll ages2005
Bainbridge IslandAll ages2001
BellevueAll ages2002
BremertonAll ages2000
Des MoinesAll ages1993
DuPontAll ages
DuvallAll ages1993
EatonvilleAll ages1996
EnumclawAll ages1993
FircrestAll ages1995
Gig HarborAll ages1996
Hunts PointAll ages1993
Island County: (Recommendation only.)All ages1997
KentAll ages1999
King CountyAll ages1993
LakewoodAll ages1996
MiltonAll ages *1997
OrtingUnder 171997
Pierce CountyAll ages1994
Port AngelesAll ages1994
Port OrchardAll ages2004
PoulsboUnder 181995
PuyallupAll ages1994
RentonAll ages1999
SeatacAll ages over 1 yr1999
SeattleAll ages2003
Snohomish city-wide ordinancerepealedAll ages2002
Snohomish skate park onlyAll ages2002
SnoqualmieAll ages1996
SpokaneAll ages *2004
SteilacoomAll ages1995
TacomaAll ages *1994
University PlaceAll ages1996
VancouverAll agesMarch 26, 2008
West Virginia
State LawUnder 151996
ClarksburgUnder 181993
MorgantownAll ages1993
South CharlestonUnder 181994
St. AlbansUnder 181995
Port WashingtonUnder 171997
by Platinum Member on Jul. 21, 2014 at 1:53 PM

even in a ride around the block a child can get serious injuries and he should be riding with a helmet

by Platinum Member on Jul. 21, 2014 at 1:55 PM


Quoting kailu1835: Its the law, so, yeah. They do.

 Would you if it wasn't the law?

by Ruby Member on Jul. 21, 2014 at 1:55 PM
Sure I do. They are light and all I have to do is point out all the adults wearing them. I don't see it as a bad thing.
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