Is it illegal to ride a bike without a helmet in Missouri?

While there is no Missouri state law requiring bicycle helmets, many St. Louis municipalities including St. Louis County require cyclists under the age of 16 to wear a helmet. Trailnet recommends that all bicyclists wear a helmet while riding.

Do I need a helmet to ride a bike in Missouri?

Under current Missouri law, every person operating or riding on a motorcycle must wear protective headgear. But starting on Friday, Missouri motorcyclists ages 26 and older can ride without a helmet, if they have both medical insurance and proof of financial responsibility.

Is it illegal to not wear a helmet in Missouri?

Under the provisions of the new law, though, motorcycle riders aged 26 or older will have the choice whether or not to wear a helmet. In order to be eligible to ride without a helmet, riders must carry health insurance that would cover their treatment if they sustained a head injury in a motorcycle accident.

Do motorcycle riders have to wear a helmet in Missouri?

Missouri Motorcyclists See Big Spike In Deaths After 2020 Helmet Law Repeal. Last year, shortly after Missouri law began allowing licensed motorcyclists 26 or older to ride without helmets if they have proof of health insurance, St.

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What is the fine for not wearing a helmet in Missouri?

The Missouri House has endorsed a bill that would allow motorcyclists over the age of 21 to forgo wearing helmets while travelling on the road. Current law requires motorists to wear helmets or face a fine of up to $25 for each offense.

Is it illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk in Missouri?

Like most states, Missouri enforces bicycle rules of operation for the safety of the bicyclist, pedestrians, and drivers. In MO, a bicyclist cannot ride on the sidewalk within a business district. When riding on a sidewalk in other areas, a bicyclist must yield right of way to all pedestrians.

Do cyclists have to wear helmets?

The Highway Code suggests that cyclists should wear a helmet. You will also find that most organised cycle events, including cycle club rides, will insist on you wearing a helmet. Most cycle facilities such as bike parks will also insist on a helmet.

What states can you ride without a helmet?

Still, only three states — Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire —have absolutely no helmet laws whatsoever. The majority of states have laws requiring helmet use for younger riders (and, in Colorado, younger passengers).