Whether for recreation or transportation, bicycling is a healthy activity that has proven to increase life-expectancy, decrease chances of heart disease and obesity, and increase one's happiness.
While choosing to bicycle is nearly always a healthier choice than having a sedintary lifestyle, like all activities it carries some risk of injury. One risk is crashing. The most common injuries from crashes are scrapes and bruises. Serious crashes, while rare, often involve head injuries.
Competent bicycle riding is the most effective way for a bicyclist to prevent injuries. In addition, cities can design their streets to be calmer, more predictable and safer in order to reduce the chances of collisions between road users. Cascade provides education programs to help people become more skilled at riding a bike, and Cascade advocates for safer streets.
As a last line of defense to prevent a tramautic brain injury in the event of a serious crash, many people also choose to wear a helmet. In fact, Seattle has one of the highest rates of helmet usage in the country.
Cascade requires all riders in its Free Daily Rides Program and major event rides to wear a helmet at all times, and encourages its members to comply with the helmet laws across the region. In order to be effective, the helmet should fit and be properly adjusted.
|Where are helmets required?|
|Washington State||No state law.|
|King County, Seattle & Bellevue||
KC Title 9.10.010;
|Kitsap County||No county law but required in Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Port Orchard, Poulsbo|
||Required nearly everywhere in Pierce County.|
|Snohomish County||Required in only Lynnwood & Lakewood only|
Many organizations in the Puget Sound region provide access to affordable helmets at community events and through other programs. Find a low-cost helmet provider in King County.