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Cyclists may have to wear helmets

Cycle helmet worn by a boy
Deputy Green has campaigned for more awareness of brain injuries

The law in Jersey could be changed so cyclists will have to wear helmets, if the States agree to proposals.

Deputy Andrew Green is behind the move which includes the option to either make all cyclist wear helmets, or just those under the age of 18.

The rules would apply to cyclists on roads, cycle tracks and off-road.

He said the move was comparable with the introduction of crash helmets for motorcyclists, seat belts in cars and the ban on drivers using mobile phones.

Deputy Green's son got a brain injury when he came off his bike at the age of nine, in 1988.

Since then he has campaigned for more awareness of brain injuries and is a member of the local Headway charity.



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