Colorado Youth Bike Helmet Bill in Works

Interesting Bill in the Colorado House that would requite children from the ages of 2 to 17 to wear helmets.

Children riding their bicycles, scooters, skateboards and in-line skates will be required to wear a helmet under proposed legislation sponsored by Fort Collins lawmakers.

Violating the proposed “Safer Streets for Colorado Children” plan would not result in any fines or other punishment for minors caught without a helmet on a public street. Instead, police would warn violators ages 2 to 17 about the risks of not wearing a helmet and advise them where to get one, if necessary.

“The intent is not to make it punitive, but to make it a learning experience for the young person,” Rep. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins and the House sponsor of the bill, said of the decision to not attach a fine to the legislation.

The proposed legislation, House Bill 1147, also will require state departments to work with school districts and other organizations to develop a “comprehensive educational curriculum regarding the safe use of public streets …” and would likely work with successful programs such as Safe Route to School and Complete Streets.

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