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Universal Bicycle Helmet Use

Reaffirmed by the ACEP Board of Directors January 2017

Reaffirmed by the ACEP Board of Directors September 2005 and April 2011 

Originally approved by the ACEP Board of Directors 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.