CA biking community divided over bill to make helmets mandatory

Senate Bill 192  introduced by State Senator Carol Liu (D-Pasadena) would require all California cyclists to wear a bike helmet.

Failure to do so would lead to a $25 fine. The new bill would make the Golden State the first in the nation to have such a requirement. Helmets have shown to save lives, but opponents to the bill worry that making it a law would deter people from biking.

Do you support making bike helmets mandatory for all cyclists?


Dave Snyder, Executive Director, California Bicycle Coalition, an organization that promotes the use of bicycles for transportation and recreation

Randy Swart, Director, Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, a national nonprofit that promotes the use of bicycle helmets based in Virginia