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Dallas eliminates helmet rule for adult bike riders

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The Dallas City Council amended its bike helmet ordinance on Wednesday to include only minors.

The original ordinance was enacted in 1996 and previously applied to riders of all ages. Now, only those 17-and-under will be required to wear a helmet when riding a bike.

The move was in an effort to jump-start a bike sharing program, like Fort Worth already has.

A bike share could begin by the end of the year at Fair Park, a likely test run ahead of a potential citywide bike share. People who rent or borrow bikes rarely, if ever, bring a helmet with them.

Although the ordinance was eliminated for adults, the council reiterated their support for bike helmets.

“Kids wear helmets, adults wear helmets, I think anybody that’s a good biker wears helmets,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “I wear helmets, wear helmets. If there is any question, we believe in helmet wearing.”

The fine for anyone under the age of 18 not wearing a helmet is about $80.

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