Fuerteventura cycle helmet laws, are there any?

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by I like Skol, 9 Apr 2019.

  1. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    A bit last minute as we are due to depart imminently....

    A family holiday in the Canary Islands with the option to rent bikes for heading into the hills. Just occurred to me while packing the last few bits and pieces that helmets might be a legal requirement. We are staying in Corralejo in the north of Fuerteventura. Does anyone know what the rules are and if they are even remotely enforced?

    I don't want a helmet discussion, this isn't that kind of thread! I don't normally wear one and would prefer not to while on holiday if anyone has accurate, up-to-date information.

    Cheers :okay:
  2. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    I think there is some law about helmet wearing in Spain?
    Either way you might want to check the terms of your travel insurance just in case
  3. alicat

    alicat Legendary Member

    The Canary Isles are part of Spain. As I understand it (and I am just going off a google search in Spanish), cyclists under 16 have to wear one all the time. Everyone else has to wear one outside towns. As to what extent it gets enforced, I have no idea.
    classic33 likes this.
  4. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

  5. Edwardoka

    Edwardoka Facetious Remark Generator, Waffler

    They have a rule where you must wear a helmet on rural roads, except in extreme heat or unless you're going uphill. How you get the helmet to the top of the hill sounds like Someone Else's Problem.

    Have spent a few weeks cycling in Spain without a lid and aside from a couple of mountain bikers gesticulating at me and shouting "casco!" and me replying "caliente!" no-one ever pulled me up on it.
  6. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I can't imagine Spanish Police can be bothered to stop cyclists, same as British Police can't be bothered stopping any motorist unless the ANPR flashes them up as an easy addition to the statistics.
  7. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Spanish cops, not British ones.
  8. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    I reccon the hire places would have some to hire, if needed.
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  9. gasinayr

    gasinayr Senior Member

    Ayr Scotland
    We are going to Corralejo in May, I have been looking at the cycle hire web sites. contact them for advise and if they hire helmets
    Hope the weather picks up for you, blowing a hooly for the next few days.
    dave r likes this.
  10. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Whenever I’ve hired a bike anywhere in the world, I’ve been provided with a helmet FOC (including Cambodia, Myanmar, Guatemala :okay:)
  11. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    It's always windy out there !
  12. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti

    When we did a Spanish tour, of course I went sans plastic hat. Passed a good few cops, some even giving a cheery greeting and they weren't bothered in the slightest I wasn't wearing one.
  13. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Would people really trust all previous hirers not to have damaged it and avoided reporting it to keep their deposit?

    Would people hope that the negative effects which seem to counterbalance the protective effect in real world use don't apply if you don't trust it anyway?
  14. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    I've hired in the UK, France, Germany, Spain (pre law), Portugal and the USA without. Maybe they had them if asked. Only in NZ did they come with.
  15. Glow worm

    Glow worm Guru

    Near Newmarket
    The thought of hiring a sweaty plastic hat that's been on hundreds of filthy heads, is frankly enough for me to see any fine as a price worth paying.
    Edwardoka, dave r, mjr and 2 others like this.
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