King County (Seattle) to review helmet law

King County Board of Health has passed a motion to review the county’s bicycle helmet law, enacted in 1993 and implemented in Seattle in 2003. That follows on the heels of Cascade Bicycle Club announcing its support for repeal of that law, citing injustice in its enforcement. The agenda item does not ensure repeal; it’s a first step that might lead to that outcome.

Tacoma repealed its helmet law last year.

https://cascade.org/blog/2021/02/cascade-and-washington-bikes-support-decriminalizing-helmet-use

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Nowadays, riding a bike requires a helmet because helmets protect you from head and brain injuries. So, who is required to wear a bicycle helmet? In the United States, 22 states have bicycle helmet laws that require cyclists to wear helmets while on the road. The law requires cyclists under the age of 18 to wear a helmet when riding. Age requirements vary from state to state or city to city. For example, California requires those 18 years of age and younger to use a cycling helmet, while West Virginia requires those under the age of 15. New York imposes helmet use on those 13 and under.

Call me crazy, but if the only justification for repealing a law is how police enforced the law, why not train the police to properly enforce this law (and other laws) equitably?
Are we supposed to repeal all laws for this same reason?
Just seems like going about fixing this issue backwards.

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Everyone is prone to accidents regardless of age. When it comes to safety, you should not compromise. Even when your city does not mandate you to wear helmets, as a responsible cyclist, wearing bike helmets should be the norm.

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Everyone is prone to accidents regardless of age. When it comes to safety, you should not compromise. Even when your city does not mandate you to wear helmets, as a responsible pedestrian or driver, wearing helmets should be the norm.

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I see what you did there!

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It’s a tired argument as old as bike helmets. It’s not untrue to say one’s head is safer in a helmet, but there are far more head injuries suffered inside the cab every year due to automobile accidents than there are suffered by cyclists. And many people smack their heads on the pavement just walking. I tripped over an uneven sidewalk just yesterday, almost but not quite falling to the ground. But to shame drivers and walkers for not wearing helmets is just as absurd as shaming the average cyclist.

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