TRENTON – Every bicyclist in New Jersey would have to wear a helmet if a new bill becomes law.
A3217, sponsored by Assemblyman Joe Cryan, (D-20), Union, would mandate that every cyclist wear a helmet. Cryan’s bill says that under current law, only those 16 years old or younger are required to wear these helmets.
His bill stresses the health and safety of bicyclists, specifically protecting the brain and skull during impact. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, most injuries among bicyclists are to the head, and IIHS reports that 89 percent of bicycle deaths are persons 16 and older, according to the bill.
Helmet use has been estimated to reduce head injury risk by 85 percent, according to the bill.