I see many people land on this blog by this question: can you go without a bicycle helmet? What does the law say? We clarify the legal status of the case in Spain and step we will try to tell you a little more.
What the law says
The traffic law passed in Spain in March 2014 forced to wear the helmet:
- children under 16 years in any way,
- and other users only city outside.
Therefore, in general, you can circulate without helmet by your city if you have turned 16. If you are under 16, wear it, and as we are learning to wear it well.
Helmeted or not, it is legal in city driving on the road. Image Cycling in Madrid.
What is the fine for cycling without a helmet?
- Failure tofulfill this obligation, the theoretical fine is 200 euros, who stay in 100 if you face the sanction in the period of early payment. In the case of children under 16, this amount will be paid by the parents or guardians of the child. And no exclusions are foreseen for driving on sidewalks, parks or bike paths: according to the DGT, this obligation applies throughout the national territory, although the bike is on training wheels.
I say theoretical fine because I have heard that no minors in town will have put a fine for this item. If you know of any case, I contádnoslo in the comments.
What about toys?
The rules have exceptions. The bikes are considered toys (those in which the maximum height of the saddle, in its highest position, is 435 mm or less) are not vehicles for legal purposes, according to the RD 1205/2011, and therefore it is not applicable to them traffic regulations. We refer to this small bikes, balance, ride – ons, trikes and two – wheeled walkers: it is not necessary, according to the traffic law, helmet put your children to use.That does not mean you can not or is a bad idea: can do it if you estimate convenient.
A bike equilibrium . Image Jeremy Miles The helmet is not mandatory.
Such toys can not travel on roads, but do not think anyone can think of have that.
The DGT has prepared a video explaining this detail.
And what is so important about the helmet?
In our view, the issue of hull distracts from other much more important for the safety of cyclists transportation issues: the use of the road or cycle path if any, the position on the road, use of lights when night, respect the other traffic rules, maintain a predictable path for other users …
The helmet can only alleviate the effects of an accident when it has already occurred. The really smart to prevent it from occurring, and it is easy to do.
For example, a significant number of accidents occur between novice cyclists crossing crosswalks without removing or reducing speed: cars do not expect a bike and can not avoid being run over.
TO AVOID: cross the zebra crossing. Better than clearings or you use the roadway. Image Bicilibre.
Similarly, driving without lights at night means that cars do not see, and therefore could arrollarte. And we’ve found that many cyclists newbies stick to the right lane instead of circulating through the middle, away from parked cars: if you keep a distance of 1,5m on these, avoid to send you down the door shut, and then a possible outrage.
We have prepared a brief safety guide for people who want to bike city, but the most practical case you’re proposing is going to a course of organizing many municipalities and associations. The first tips Cycling in Madrid or Ecomobility they can also be helpful.
We fully understand that cyclists wear helmets, whether in road cycling or mountain. But it does not seem necessary to go to buy bread bike instead of drive, which is what it is.
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