Can You Ride a Bike Without a Helmet in Wisconsin?
Wisconsin does not have a mandatory bike helmet law for adults or children. That means adults and children can legally ride their bicycles without a helmet. The same applies to moped operators. A Wisconsin moped driver does not have to wear a helmet. 22 States have bike helmet laws for young riders and the ages often differ depending on the state.
Cities and towns can create their own rules for riding bicycles. For example, the state law in Wisconsin leaves riding on the sidewalk up to municipalities. The city of Port Washington Wisconsin has a municipal ordinance that requires children under 16 years old to wear a helmet while biking. I am unaware of any other cities in Wisconsin that have rules for children/ bike helmets. If you know of any, please post in the comments section.
Should There Be A Mandatory Bike Helmet Law?
Everyone agrees that bicycle helmets reduce injuries in collisions. There is a strong debate over whether the government should require bikers to wear helmets and if the goverment does require helmet use will it lead to less riders and thus result in more health problems than it saves. For more on bike helmet usage and laws and whether not wearing a helmet could be used against you in a personal injury check my website: http://www.griessmeyerlaw.com/bicycle.htm
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