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Universal Bicycle Helmet Use

Reaffirmed January 2017, April 2011, and September 2005 

Originally approved June 1999 

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recommends that:

  • All bicyclists wear a properly fitted Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)-approved bicycle helmet.

  • Emergency physicians inform patients and parents of the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet and the dangers of riding without a helmet.

  • Retail and rental bicycle outlets have available low-cost CPSC-approved helmets for bicyclists.

  • Helmet manufacturers provide educational materials that emphasize the advantages of protective headgear.

  • State and local governments enact legislation requiring universal helmet use.

  • Community coalitions be developed to promote bicycle safety training, including helmet use.

  • The popular media depict helmet use among all bicyclists.