The Highway Code provides some specific advice on safety attire for cyclists on the road.
The Highway Code: Are helmets mandatory for cyclists?
Rule 59 of The Highway Code states that cyclists should wear:
- ‘a cycle helmet which conforms to current regulations, is the correct size and securely fastened’
- ‘appropriate clothes for cycling. Avoid clothes which may get tangled in the chain, or in a wheel or may obscure your lights’
- ‘light-coloured or fluorescent clothing’ which helps other road users to see you in daylight and poor light
- ‘reflective clothing and/or accessories (belt, arm or ankle bands) in the dark.’
Are helmets mandatory?
Despite any discrepancies surrounding the use of ‘should’ rather than ‘must’, if you want to ensure your health and safety when cycling and minimise the risk of injury due to road accidents, you needn’t really ask, ‘Are helmets mandatory?’
If you are involved in a road traffic accident, a helmet can be the difference between life and death. At the very least, wearing a helmet ensures minimum injury to your head at the time of a car collision or other cycling accident.
The question shouldn’t be ‘are helmets mandatory?’, but, ‘How can I best ensure my health and safety when travelling by bicycle?’
Claiming for accidents on the road
If you have been involved in an accident on the road and believe you are not to blame for the harm and distress you have endured, we could help you determine whether or not you have a case eligible to claim personal injury compensation.
At Accident Advice Helpline we have over 10 years’ experience assisting victims of road-related personal injury in recovering the compensation they are entitled to. What’s more, we work on a 100 per cent, no-win no-fee* basis, meaning you can recuperate at home without any financial worry.
Getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline
No matter the nature of your road accident, get in touch with us today for a free initial consultation regarding the basics of your claim. Often, with minimal information, we are able to assess your eligibility to claim and look at the where liability is likely to lie.
For more information, speak with us today on our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We’re ready to talk whenever is convenient for you.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown