. . . and bike advocates say NO. As Walter Olson points out, this may be shocking to those around the nation’s capital, but it is actually possible to be both a) concerned about cycling safety, and b) not want a government “safety” mandate.
As I wrote last year, helmet laws are counter-productive, and in the case of Seattle and other cities, serious impediments to the launch and growth of bikeshare systems. D.C.’s system is a joy, and could be impacted negatively by nanny-statism in the Maryland suburbs.
Here’s hoping my friends and family in Terrapin territory see fit to nix this misguided proposal.