Cycling: Helmets

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 23 May 2024.

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Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require child passengers on bicycles to wear a safety helmet.

Photo of Guy Opperman Guy Opperman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department recommends that cyclists should wear helmets, as set out in The Highway Code, and will continue to encourage children to wear helmets. A comprehensive safety review carried out in 2018 considered the benefits of mandating helmet wearing for cyclists of all ages but concluded that the safety benefits would be likely to be outweighed by the fact that this would put some people off cycling, thereby reducing the wider health and environmental benefits

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