However, there is nothing prohibiting a municipality or county from imposing greater safety protections than the state law. I was very pleased to learn that Rockland County, N.Y., imposes an obligation for ALL BICYCLE RIDERS TO WEAR A HELMET!
As a lawyer having handled many bicycle accident cases, I can tell you that a helmet is the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself in a bike vs. car collision. That’s why I preach to my kids and all my riding buddies: NEVER ride without a helmet.
Here’s the Rockland County law requiring all bicyclists to wear helmets:
§ 217-2. Helmet and child seat requirements.
No person shall operate a bicycle or ride as a passenger on bicycle unless:
A. Such operator or passenger is wearing a helmet meeting the standards of the American National Standards Institute (Ansi Z 90.4 bicycle helmet standards) or the Snell Memorial Foundation’s 1984 Standard for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling. For the purposes of this section, “wearing a helmet,” means having a helmet of good fit fastened securely upon the head with the helmet straps; and
B. For passengers 1 or more years of age and less than 5 years of age, such passenger is also placed in a separate seat attached to the bicycle and such seat shall have adequate provision for retaining the passenger in place and for protecting the passenger from the moving parts of the bicycle.
Thanks for reading and RIDE SAFELY,
James B. Reed
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
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