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CA biking community divided over bill to make helmets mandatory




A cyclist passes community bicycle repair shop, The Bike Oven in Highland Park, Los Angeles.
A cyclist passes community bicycle repair shop, The Bike Oven in Highland Park, Los Angeles.
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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?

Guests:

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