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Mexico City abolishes bike helmet law (Mexico)

By News Editor / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
After only 2 years, Mexico City has abolished a law compelling cyclists to wear a helmet. Abolition went hand in hand with the introduction of a public bicycle share system.
After only 2 years, Mexico City has abolished a law making cyclists wear a helmet. Abolition went hand in hand with the introduction of the public bicycle share system ECOBICI. ECOBICI has been set up as part of the municipality’s strategy to encourage the use of the bicycle and to increase the mode share for commuting by bike to 5%.

The Mexico City Environmental Department decided to abolish the law for two main reasons: firstly, it would be impractical to provide helmets for all users of the ECOBICI system; and secondly, forcing cyclists to wear helmets could give an impression that cycling in the city is dangerous and so discourage people from giving it a try.

Source: VCÖ News (transport club of Austria in DE) and copenhagenize.com (in EN)

For ECOBICI see www.ecobici.df.gob.mx (in ES)
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