Richard asked: Is it a requirement for adults to wear a bicycle helmet when riding a bicycle? Do all law enforcement officers who ride a bicycle in the performance of their duties wear a bicycle helmet? Does the State of Florida recommend all bicycle riders wear a bicycle helmet?
Bicyclists under the age of 16 are required to wear helmets in Florida.
s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations
(d) A bicycle rider or passenger who is under 16 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet that is properly fitted and is fastened securely upon the passenger’s head by a strap and that meets the federal safety standard for bicycle helmets ….
Note that the statute requires the helmet to be properly fitted and securely fastened, and applies everywhere. It does not limit the requirement to just roadways or sidewalks.
I believe that all officers that are members of bike units and on official duty are required by department policy to wear helmets, but not by statute. The police bicycle training organizations, International Police Mountain Bicycle Association and Law Enforcement Bicycle Association, require the use of helmets at their training programs and other events.
Adults are not required to wear helmets but the Florida Bicycle Association and all Florida agencies that I know of highly recommend it. All bicycle clubs that I know of and other organizations require riders to wear helmets for their events for safety and liability reasons.
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