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Mexico City helmet law repealed after less than a year

On 16 February 2010 Mexico City scrapped its mandatory cycle helmet law that was only enacted in 2009.

The Government wants to boost cycling in the city from a modal share of 2% to 5% within 3 years and its Secretaria del Medio Ambiente (Department of Environment) realised that obliging cyclists to wear a helmet gave the impression that riding a bicycle was inherently dangerous and that wouldn't encourage people to cycle more in order to reach the 5% target.

There was also the fear that an unhelmeted cyclist would automatically be at fault in any crash even if the blame lay primarily with a motorist. In December 2008, 94% of cyclists did not wear a helmet.

On the same day as the repeal of the helmet law, the first public bicycle system, Ecobici, was launched, which is part of the Government's plan to increase the number of cycling commuters. The viability of the rental scheme was threatened if its users had to wear a helmet.

Tue 16 Feb 2010

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