Are bike helmets for children mandatory?
Is a bike helmet mandatory for children in the UK?
In the UK and Ireland, there is no law that obliges children (or adults, for that matter) to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. Whether you let your little one wear a helmet is up to your own judgement and responsibility. Lately however, wearing a helmet has become more and more normalised, and there has been growing discussion about a legal obligation. Proponents say it is an easy measure to make cycling safer – especially for little children. Opponents say that a legal obligation gives people the idea that cycling is a dangerous activity, and will cause them to cycle less.