Bike Helmet Laws

Every country has its own helmet laws, and in the U.S., there is no federal law requiring the use of bicycle helmets. County, state and city laws on bicycle helmet use may vary, so consult the local rules and regulations where you live and ride. If you are unsure of where to look for this information, your local bike shop is a great resource.

Bike helmet standards set minimum requirements for important things like impact management and strap strength. You can tell which standards a helmet meets by looking inside your helmet for the standard certification stickers. If you see the sticker, that means the helmet has met that standard’s minimum requirements.

Bike helmets are designed to absorb shock by partial destruction of the shell and liner. This damage may not be visible. Therefore, if subjected to an impact, the helmet should be destroyed and replaced even if it appears undamaged.

Replace an old helmet or a helmet with damage. Helmets have a limited lifespan in use and should be replaced when they show obvious signs of wear. Additionally, helmet parts lose strength over time, so even if the helmet has not been impacted or damaged, we recommend replacing it after three years.

Regular and proper helmet cleaning and care can help alert you to helmet damage or deterioration.