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What is the helmet law in British Columbia?

Riding a bicycle is a great way to exercise. However, it is vital that you follow the British Columbia laws that pertain to bicyclists. One important law to ensure that you follow is the helmet law.

Do all cyclists have to wear helmets?

Generally, all cyclists have to wear helmets. There are some exceptions to this. Children who are under 12 years old who are riding on a 3-wheel or 4-wheel cycle that doesn't have a chain don't have to wear a helmet. People on quadricycles or pedicycles don't have to wear a helmet. Some people are exempt from the helmet requirement based on medical or religious reasons.

Where must bicycle helmets be worn?

Bicycle helmets must be worn by cyclists who are riding on public roadways or bicycle paths. The helmet law applies to all cyclists, including passengers on a bicycle. However, most private pathways are exempt from helmet laws.

Can any helmet be worn?

The bicycle helmet worn by cyclists must meet a specific code. It must be designated as an approved bicycle safety helmet or meet specific standards listed in the bicycle codes. This helps to ensure that bicyclists can stay safe.

Bicycle accidents can be very serious. The injuries might not be as severe if the cyclist was wearing a helmet. It is important for anyone injured in a bicycle accident to realize that they have certain rights. One of these rights is that you might opt to consult with an attorney in order to seek damages if a driver acts in a negligent manner that caused the accident.

Source: Helmets.org, "British Columbia Bicycle Helmet Law," accessed May. 21, 2015

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