Spanish helmet law

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Dave Davenport, 4 May 2010.

  1. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    Location:
    Hampshire
    THIS IS NOT A THREAD ABOUT HELMET USE, I JUST CHOOSE NOT TO USE ONE WHILST TOURING, SO PLEASE LETS NOT TURN IT INTO ONE!:blush:

    Will be riding from Bilbao to St. Malo in August which will mean (obviously) a couple of days in Spain. I know the law in Spain re. helmets has a lot of exceptions and isn't particuarly firmly inforced, but I've also read about 80 euro fines and people having front wheels confiscated. Was thinking about taking any old one I can find and chucking it as soon as we get to France just in case (mrs d wears hers anyway). Anyone had any recent experience or info?
     
  2. GrahamG

    GrahamG Veteran

    Location:
    Bristol
    I'm in a similar boat - spent two weeks last year carrying helmets around on the rear rack and this year we're doing three months in Europe starting in Spain. My only other consideration is that I might be a bit happier on alpine descents etc. with a helmet on (purely psychological!), plus I don't know what to expect from drivers in Italy/Slovenia/Croatia etc.
     
  3. MarkF

    MarkF Legendary Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Dave, last year I cycled around Catalunya, train down and then around Andalucia. Previous year I cycled around the Asturian/Cantabrian coast. I never wore a helmet and was never stopped. It was only last year that my friend in Barcelona informed that there was a helmet law.

    In those trips I often asked the police for directions too.:thumbsup:
     
  4. andrew_s

    andrew_s Guru

    Location:
    Gloucester
    I've taken a helmet, but it's spent almost all of the time bungied to the rack.
    I get the impression that it may be enforced more if you look like a racing cyclist.
     
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    Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    Location:
    Hampshire
    Thanks for that. Don't think I'll worry about taking one and if by some chance I do get stopped I'll claim the too hot get out clause based on the fact that I'm English and anything over 15 deg c is scorchio!
     
  6. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Location:
    Hampshire UK
    I think there are rules that allow you to remove it on long climbs and in town. I have toured in Spain but always wear a helmet. My touring partner takes one and straps it to the rack and we have never had a problem.
     
  7. ASC1951

    ASC1951 Guru

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I thought it was only in built up areas that helmets were compulsory?

    I have never worn one in Spain and I have never had a problem.
     
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    Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    Location:
    Hampshire
    Built up areas is one of the let off's, along with hot weather and steep climbs. Not sure but I think there's also a 'I've just had my hair done' one.
     
  9. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    When I was in Spain last year I got the impression that the helmet law was widely ignored, except by those wearing Lycra and riding, normal people just didn't bother with helmets...
     
  10. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    :smile::biggrin:
    You've still got some then, Dave?
     
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    Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    Location:
    Hampshire
    If left to it's own devices my barnet would be nothing short of luxuriant, I only have a grade 1 'cos it's easy to manage and saves on hair care products.
     
  12. Yellow7

    Yellow7 Über Member

    Location:
    Milton Keynes
    The first time I cycled to barcelona I researched this & found cyclist's have to wear helmets only in built up towns & cities. I'm not too sure on busy roads out side of said areas but common sense should prervail.

    ;)
     
  13. Just to further muddy the waters, I took my Brompton to Spain a couple of years ago. I cycled across Barcelona twice, and spent four days buzzing about Valencia on it.

    I didn't wear a helmet and I don't remember seeing anyone else wearing one on a bike.
     
  14. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Location:
    Hampshire UK
    ok a bit of research

    "The Spanish helmet law came into effect from 23rd January 2004. It applies to bicycle riders of all ages. However it does not apply: to cyclists riding in towns and cities; during periods of extreme heat; when riding up steep hills; or to professional cyclists. A fine of up to EUR90 can be imposed for not wearing a helmet." from this site http://www.cyclehelmets.org/1076.html - the comments seem to be matched on several other sites
     
  15. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    I cycled from Bilbao to Fuengirola with a friend last autumn.
    Neither of us wore helmets and neither had any problems.
    Have a great time!
     
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