It’s Not Just a Motorcycle Accident: a Brief Legislative History of Bicycle Helmets


Hi I’m Elora Murray at Fusion 360 Studios
reporting for the Robert J DeBry News Network. Today we are giving you a brief legislative
history on Bicycle Helmets.In 1986, the first bicycle helmet law was passed in California.
Later on, in 1993, the law was amended to cover all children under the age of 18.As
of September 1997, 15 states have put strict age-specific bicycle helmet laws into place
for their respective citizens. Most state-mandated bicycle helmet laws cover cyclists under the
age of 16.In 1994, the Child Safety Protection Act was passed.This act required that the consumer product safety commission meet a monitored safety
standard for bicycle helmet production.Furthermore, an improvised mandatory bicycle helmet standard
came into effect on March 17, 1995.The new law required that all helmets meet any
of the following standards: ANSI, ASTM, or CSA.March 10th 1998 brought with it more changes
for the bicycle helmet legislation. The CPSC published 16 CFR Part 1203, also known as
the Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets.The rule affected all helmets manufactured after
March 10, 1999 and required them to meet the following safety regulations: proper impact
protection, as determined by state-regulated performance tests, an increased standard for
area head coverage for children ages 1 to 5 and appropriate chin strap strength and
stability. That’s all we have for you today. Once again I’m Elora Murray with the Robert J DeBry News Network. Thanks for joining us.