Florida’s Bicycle Helmet Statute; Children Under 16 Must Wear a Helmet

Florida children under the age of 16 are required by Florida Statutes to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. A helmet can save a life and prevent serious bodily injury to Jacksonville Florida children in bicycle accidents.
This includes children in trailers or semi-trailers attached to a bicycle.


Section 316.2065 (d) provides as follows:

d) A bicycle rider or passenger who is under 16 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet that is properly fitted and is fastened securely upon the passenger’s head by a strap, and that meets the standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI Z 90.4 Bicycle Helmet Standards), the standards of the Snell Memorial Foundation (1984 Standard for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling), or any other nationally recognized standards for bicycle helmets adopted by the department. As used in this subsection, the term “passenger” includes a child who is riding in a trailer or semitrailer attached to a bicycle.

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