Mandatory Bike Helmet Laws For Adults – So Who Gets Paid?


So I read this at SFGate:

Some bicyclists are hardheaded about mandatory-helmet law

Getting a helmet onto a grown-up bicyclist’s head isn’t a no-brainer, even though the saving of brains is the idea.
A proposed state law that would require adult cyclists to wear helmets — as the law requires minors to do — is facing a bumpier reception than a mountain bike tire on a Mount Tam single track.

Last week, state Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Cañada Flintridge (Los Angeles County), introduced SB192, a bill requiring adult cyclists to wear helmets or pay a $25 fine. California would become the first state to require helmets for riders over 18.


Since 1994, California cyclists under 18 have been required to wear a helmet. The proposed law, in addition to extending that to all riders, would require riders to wear reflective clothing at night. According to Liu, 9 out of every 10 cyclists killed in crashes were not wearing helmets.

Liu’s nephew, Alan Liu, was killed in 2004 by a drunken driver while cycling in Sonoma County. He was wearing a helmet.

Big Sister is at it again, pushing the Nanny State deeper into our lives. So who gets paid? Some friends of Big Sister plan to make a lot of money from this.

During the Christmas of 1993 I was working at a major retailer. The new helmet law for kids was gonna take effect on January 1, 1994. Can you guess what one of our biggest sellers was?

Bike helmets.

Funny thing though, I don’t recall hearing about a major problem with kids getting head injuries from riding bikes. In fact, I never saw any statistics at all. But WE MUST PROTECT THE CHILDREN!!

Okay, so where did this 9 out of 10 figure come from? If 90% of bike riders aren’t wearing helmets, wouldn’t 9 out of 10 who get killed not be wearing helmets? How many of those deaths were due to head injuries?

How many bike riders are getting killed, total? How does that compare to the number of people who are riding bikes?

Has Senator Liu received any campaign donations from helmet manufacturers or retailers? Why did she suddenly decide to introduce this bill? Her nephew was killed 10 years ago, but he was wearing a helmet. Who is really behind this bill?

The same questions apply to the reflective clothing thing. Anyone riding a bike at night is already required to have lights and reflectors on the bike. So now they have to buy special clothing too?

Am I being cynical? You betcha!

What’s next? Joggers? Pedestrians? Drunks? People on exercise machines? Will Big Sis eventually make everyone go around wearing helmets? What about gloves and knee & elbow pads?

Will we have sleeping helmets too? I still have a knot on my head from my little sleepwalking incident.

Always wear protection!

Always wear protection!

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122 Responses to Mandatory Bike Helmet Laws For Adults – So Who Gets Paid?

  1. mothy67 says:

    I have known two people seriously injured in bike accidents – both were hit by bikers while walking.

  2. Myiq2xu says:

    It just occurred to me – do the Koch brothers manufacture bike helmets?

    • DandyTIger says:

      Interesting thought. The Koch brothers should invest/buy into any industry that would benefit from out of control nanny state laws. Then any nanny state efforts by libs would directly benefit them. Libs would then have to chose between their irrational hatred of them and their march toward their utopian totalitarian state.

    • cynic says:

      I don’t know that answer, but when my hubby worked for GE, their plastics made football helmets. hmmmmmmm

  3. Myiq2xu says:

  4. Myiq2xu says:

    • elliesmom says:

      If it weren’t for RD, I wouldn’t know who the Duggars are. I still don’t know much about them really. Because of you, Klown, I do know who Walter White is. And we’re loving Saul. This time Eliesdad is on board from episode 1 so I won’t have to go back and catch him up. The laughter makes the icicles shake. #freeelliesmomfromhericepalace

      • piper says:

        Stay warm and keep the shovel ready at the door. Remember what our mailman said the other day – eventually it’ll all melt and you’ll be free.
        Unusual weather here in downtown Wisconsin – cold, very cold and even colder with a 3 feet snow layer. Not complaining as we know the power of Mother Nature dumping another snowstorm here.

        • elliesmom says:

          It’s snowing again, but it’s very light. I hope it stays that way so I don’t have to shovel again before the UPS guy makes a delivery. We’re expecting a walker for Elliesdad so he can get around a little better in the boot cast. It’s hard using a cane when one leg is two inches longer than the other. I ordered a red one with racing stripes for him.

  5. Myiq2xu says:

  6. HELENK3 says:

    nothing is so broken that the right leaders can not fix

    I hope so because this country is in deep doodoo right now

  7. HELENK3 says:

    Good Morning
    a different sunflower

  8. Myiq2xu says:

    The stoned surfer dude got the most right answers.

  9. mothy67 says:

    I watched the Nicholas Cage Left Behind movie. Don’t judge. I have been considering a career change and thought crazy person riding the bus all day warning about the end of days might be a good fit(of course that would have to wait for spring) It is so bad. A midget gets tossed!!! And of
    course the shop owner who shot a looter was left behind. The ending makes Sharkanado look like Citizen Kane. Must win all razzies. In my defense I had a free rental.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      I believe that qualifies as self-abuse, but not the good kind.

      • mothy67 says:

        The pilot realizes that all the devout or innocents have ascended to heaven including his wife and son. When he finally gets a hold of his daughter he is thankful that the little sinner was left behind. Twisted. I watched the Kirk Cameron version on netflix and it is a far superior film even though no diminutive people were tossed.
        There has to be some kind of drinking game for the Cage film.

  10. DeniseVB says:

    This is Scott Walker’s son’s tweet …. every one of them should be arrested. The Palinization of Walker continues until he cries “Mommy” and no longer considers running in 2016 to keep his family safe. It’s what they did to Sarah in Alaska til she quit. So sick of the lefty nutjobs.

  11. DeniseVB says:

    LOL, bike helmets……we have a neighbor who thinks he’s Lance Armstrong, rides his bike all decked out in bikey tighties and a racing helmet zipping around the lake at Tour de France downhill speeds. One day he hit a tiny pothole and flipped over his handle bars. Needed 18 stitches……in his chin. Ouch, but that helmet couldn’t prevent that. He’s fine, and has slowed down considerably.

    Like vm said, let Darwin sort them out. 😉

    • piper says:

      I like to bike when it’s above 40 degrees and clear trails. I usually wear a helmut but one time when biking on the Lake Michigan trail I tried to avoid hitting two small tots playing on the bike trail and landed on my keister and right arm. Thankfully nothing was broken in this over 60 year body. Several people helped right me up although the parents of the tots grabbed them and took off never saying anything to me.
      So should we regulate kids on bike trails next???????

    • lizzy says:

      Helmets won’t stop stupid. Since his Imperial Majesty Mike decreed NYC a bike rider’s dream, I have been cursing cyclists. The city is installing bike lanes and medians that take up two travel lanes so traffic is even more snarled than it used to be. Bikers ride the wrong way down one way streets; don’t stop for traffic lights and stop signs; and target pedestrians. Good thing I can’s drive any more or there would be more bikers as road kill.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Nanny Mike built his bike lanes, but also included signs for bikers to yield to pedestrians walking in them. Huh? WTF? g.d. tourists 😉

        • lizzy says:

          God and the Angels protect NYC pedestrians. They are too busy on their phones to pay attention to anything. They are worse than bikers with the constant jaywalking.

  12. piper says:

    Out stealing again

  13. DeniseVB says:

    Ya just never know when you’re going to crack the Twitter code for a little attention, I go weeks w/o a star or r/t ….. anyhoo, I noticed #ILoveObama was still trending this morning and added some truthiness 😀 P.S. Another hint, saying you’re a “former Dem” helps too, lol !

  14. DeniseVB says:

    With all due respect to my Northeast pals ….. we got 4 inches of “paralyzing” snow which equates to 26 feet in New England inches. Southerners are the worst, but I did get my milk and bread 😀

  15. Myiq2xu says:

    All aboard the Crazytown Express!

    I’m only mentioning this because I’m sure there are people out there wondering why I spend so much time on fundamentalism and religious narcissism. I’m not anti-religious. There is no way I can peer into another person’s mind to discover what they believe or don’t believe. It’s none of my business as long as I’m left alone to follow my own conscience. I don’t have a problem with most practicing people. Most of them are good, charitable, kind and generous. But I do take issue with fundamentalists from any religious tradition.

    When Obama pointed out that violent extremism is not limited to Muslims, I almost had a warm thought for him. Then it passed. But he’s got a point. What I really worry about is the fact that so many fundamentalist Christians have been conscripted into politics. They’ve been flattered and cajoled and have undermined what keeps us together as a nation. The Sovereign Citizen movement is one case in point. They’ve gone beyond states rights. They hold their children hostage, depriving them of citizenship. How is that different from owning slaves? What about taxes, their responsibility to vaccinate their children or any other obligation they have to the rest of us when times get tough? When they have so much power to drag the rest of us kicking and screaming back to the 19th century, they also have the power to reawaken the worst abuses of that era to the rest of us economically.

    Going into the 2016 election, I worry that there won’t be a powerful antidote to fundamentalism or that the candidates will be too timid to take it on. Someone better think of something fast. The rest of us need to reassert our right to live in the modern world otherwise we could become the next threat to it.

    The people she is talking about (to the extent that they exist at all) are a very small minority without much political power.

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  17. 49erDweet says:

    I’ve always wondered which one is myiq in that motopiano foto? Hmmmm.

  18. mothy67 says:

    So oblahblah appeals any guesses on how that will go? Been reading around and the bots seem confident they will win on appeal and the right is just celebrating.

  19. lyn says:

    This is kind of on topic.

  20. mothy67 says:

    How can this be true? Top of Drudge right now.
    Why have NATO forces not been deployed?

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