A new study out of Australia reviewed by Science World Report has found that using certified to AS/NZS 2063 standards bicycle helmets effectively reduced serious brain injury, contrary to anti-helmet rhetoric. Crashing without a helmet exposes the head to accelerations and forces – or loads – up to 9.5 times greater than with a helmet. In the US there are no states with universal helmet laws. Most state laws that do exist are for young riders under the age of 17 and only two states that mandate helmet use up to 17 – California and New Mexico. It is important to note that “bicycle” is defined as a low-powered, two-wheel cycle, which includes mopeds, scooters, and bicycles – that is a cycle with an engine displacement of 50 cubic centimeters or less, brake horsepower of 2 or less, and top speeds of 30 mph or less. There are variances from state to state, and if you would like more information about your state’s bicycle helmet laws, click here.
For further reading on the study, click here.