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Young bicyclists now required to wear helmets

Following a recommendation from the Oak Park Board of Health, the Village now requires bicyclists under age 17 to wear a helmet. Enforcement will focus on education rather than punishment. However, parents of repeat offenders could face a $25 fine or be required to do community service.

The helmet requirement grew from months of study by the Board of Health, whose volunteer membership includes health care professionals. In making their recommendation for the new local law, Board of Health members presented information from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration about injuries and deaths caused by bicyclists who have accidents while riding without a helmet.

The Health Department has begun working on bicycle safety educational programs aimed at schools and investigating partnerships with local organizations that provide helmets.

For more information on the new helmet requirement, call 708.358.5480 or email