Attention Maryland voters! Please take one moment to send an email to the members of the Environmental Matters Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates opposing the passage of a mandatory helmet law for all bicyclists on every road, trail, or sidewalk in the state of Maryland.
At WABA, we encourage and teach safe and responsible cycling practices, including helmet use. But we do not believe that mandatory helmet laws are the proper approach. While their impact on safety is debatable, their impact on cycling rates (especially in jurisdictions implementing or seriously studying bikesharing) is clearly negative.
Please CLICK HERE to let the Environmental Matters Committee know that you are a responsible cyclist and a responsible adult capable of making your own decision regarding safety equipment, and that you OPPOSE HB 339 and its imposition of a mandatory helmet requirement.
Randall, cyclists live longer and have fewer sick days, because cycling is so healthy. If you factor in the risks of heart disease and other deadly conditions, you're actually safer on a bike than on the couch (or in a car). Whatever you're wearing on your head. Check wikipedia > "bicycle helmet" for links to studies showing this.
I for one do believe it should be mandatory for all to wear a helmet. As I do not like paying for someones stupid mistake of not wearing one after the injury that mames them for life so that they can not function. The bill as writen has no tooth . . . As in no fines so it can be an educational law for riders that do not wear a helmet.