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Street Squad: Dallas bike helmet ordinance

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The Dallas City Council is moving closer to getting rid of the bike helmet law for adults in an effort to increase cycling.

Frequent cyclists like Jerry Probst are happy about the potential to get new cyclists out and about, but has mixed feelings about the change. Only people 17 and younger would be required to wear them if the changes are approved by the full council.

"I think I understand why they want to do it is to make bicycling more friendly to people,” Probst said recently while biking a White Rock Lake. “But at the same time, I never go anywhere without my helmet.”

Despite an ordinance requiring everyone riding a bike in Dallas to wear a helmet, some opt to take the risk and ride helmetless and get a citation.

"You don't have to wear a helmet to wear a motorcycle, I'm a very safe rider when I'm out in traffic I'll wear a helmet, when I'm out here for a leisurely ride I prefer to not have a helmet,” one cyclist said.

Police told FOX4 off-camera that only a handful of officers actually write tickets for the bike helmet law and actually getting a ticket is rare.

The council vote is scheduled for this month.

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