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Helmets by Country

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by sloe, 20 Jan 2008.

  1. sloe

    sloe New Member

    Location:
    Banffshire
    Anyone ever coma across a chart of what European countries you are required to wear a helmet, and how rigourously it is policed, and what might be imminent. I'm specifically interested in the Scandanavian countries, but curious about the rest as well.
     
  2. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    I believe it's mandatory in Spain!! Although sometimes you can get away without them.
     
  3. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
  4. OP
    OP
    sloe

    sloe New Member

    Location:
    Banffshire
    Very interesting, thank you.
     
  5. psmiffy

    psmiffy -

    Location:
    Midlands
    Not Norway, Sweden or Dennmark

    However helpful link says

    "In four of these countries the law covers children only, while in Finland and Spain everybody should wear a helmet when cycling."

    I was in Finland in Summer 2007 and Spain in Summer 2006 - no Helmet - nobody said anything



     
  6. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    In Germany do you still need to wear those early aero designs with the spike on the top?
     
  7. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
  8. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    In germany the roadies live dangerously and take off their canvass helmet covers revealing their polished helmets and shiny roof rods. The GCTC however insists that canvass helmet covers be worn at all times.
     
  9. Percy

    Percy Well-Known Member

    Germany has lots of strange rules, apparently, (heard of the manadatory dynamo lights one?) but a bike shop owner I asked just said 'Don't worry about it, Germany is crazy, nobody takes any notice'. That seems to apply for most places so I'd say just do whatever you feel most comfortable doing. Some places you might feel safer with one on though!
     
  10. Tony

    Tony New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    Spent a week in Spain last year, doing average of 40 miles a day. No helmet, not a word said.
     
  11. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    I think you can get away with it in Spain, as I said...but we were quite grateful for them on some roads :tongue:
     
  12. Regulator

    Regulator Egregious Professor of Cruel and Unusual Geography

    IIRC, because of the peculiarity of the way the law is worded in Spain you are required to be in possession of a helmet when on your bike - but you don't actually have to wear it...