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U.S. Military Regs on Bicycle Helmets



DoDI 6055.4
DoD Traffic Safety Program

E. PROCEDURES

The Heads of the DoD Components shall incorporate the requirements of subsection 3, E.1, through E.11, below into their traffic safety programs:
1. Highway Safety Program Standards (HSPS). Part 1230 of 23 CFR (reference (c)) requires the Department of Defense to implement such standards for DoD activities. The Department of Defense modified reference (c) to reflect unique military requirements and DoD-worldwide operations (enclosure 2)

HSPS REQUIREMENTS

The DoD Components shall model their traffic safety programs after 23 CFR 1204 (reference (c)). The minimum requirements to carry out those standards are as follows:

L. "BICYCLE SAFETY" (HSPS NUMBER 19)

Bicycle safety shall be emphasized throughout the Department of Defense as an important part of the DoD Components' traffic safety program. Programs shall emphasize the mandatory use of approved (i.e., American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or the Snell Memorial Foundation) bicycle helmets by all personnel (including dependents) who ride bicycles on DoD installations. Workers operating bicycles in areas that require the use of ANSI-approved helmets (hard hats) for protection from falling and flying objects are allowed to use those helmets instead of approved bicycle helmets.

AIR FORCE INSTRUCTION 91-207 THE US AIR FORCE TRAFFIC SAFETY PROGRAM

20. All personnel (including dependents, contractors, retirees, etc.) who ride bicycles on an installation must wear an approved (i.e. American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or Snell Memorial Foundation) bicycle helmet. Workers operating bicycles in areas that require the use of ANSI-approved helmets (hard hats) for protection from falling and flying objects are allowed to use those helmets instead of approved bicycle helmets. EXCEPTION: Workers operating bicycles in industrial/flightline areas designated no-hat area due to potential of FOD need not wear the bicycle helmet; operators of three-wheeled bicycles are not required to wear the bicycle helmet.

See also this page on Navy bike helmet regulations.


This page was last revised on: November 13, 2003.

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