U.S. Military Regs on Bicycle Helmets
DoD Traffic Safety Program
The Heads of the DoD Components shall incorporate the requirements of
subsection 3, E.1, through E.11, below into their traffic safety
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)
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.