December 19, 2023 2 min read

Are Helmets Still Cool in Seattle?

Seattle, the city known for its coffee, rain, and grunge music, has always had a reputation for being a little rebellious. And now, it seems that even their helmet laws are taking a chill pill. (No, not literally. That would be weird.)

As of 2019, Seattle has relaxed its helmet laws for cyclists. No longer are riders required to wear a helmet if they are over the age of 16. It's like a breath of fresh air for those who prefer the wind in their hair (or lack thereof).

But before you toss your helmet in the trash and ride off into the sunset, it's important to note that helmet laws still apply to certain riders. If you're under 16 years old, you still need to protect that precious noggin of yours. And let's be honest, even if you're over 16, wearing a helmet is always a smart move. Safety first, people!

Now, you might be wondering, "How often are these helmet laws actually enforced?" Well, according to statistics from 2019 through 2023, enforcement has been a bit, shall we say, lackadaisical. In fact, only a small percentage of cyclists have been ticketed for not wearing a helmet. So, while the law is still on the books, it seems that the chances of getting caught without a helmet are about as likely as finding a unicorn riding a scooter down the street.

Speaking of scooters, let's talk about the risks they pose to cyclists. With the rise of electric rental scooters zipping around the city, cyclists need to be extra cautious. These scooters can be a real pain in the spokes, especially when riders zoom past without a care in the world.

Not only do these scooters pose a risk to cyclists, but they also pose a risk to the riders themselves. Without proper training or experience, accidents are bound to happen. So, whether you're on two wheels or two wheels with a motor, it's important to stay alert and share the road responsibly.

So, what's the verdict? Should you toss your helmet aside and embrace the wind in your hair? Well, that's ultimately up to you. While Seattle's helmet laws may have relaxed, it's always a good idea to protect your noggin. After all, you only get one brain, and it's not like you can order a replacement on Amazon (yet).

Whether you choose to rock a helmet or let your hair flow freely in the breeze, just remember to stay safe out there, Seattleites. And if you happen to spot a unicorn riding a scooter, please take a picture. We could all use a little more magic in our lives.