Bicycling Magazine, May 2012: Safe for Any Speed

There is no government involvement in cycling (or any other) helmets

April 3, 2012

Peter Flax, Editor in Chief

Bicycling

400 South 10th Street

Emmaus, PA  18098

Via Email:      Bicycling@rodale.com

A bicycling helmet.

A bicycling helmet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Re: Bicycling Magazine, May 2012: Safe for Any Speed

Dear Editor Flax:

Love your magazine; however your article Safe for Any Speed in the May 2012 edition incorrectly stated that bicycle helmets were controlled by government standards. No US government, state or federal or agency of a state or the federal government controls or has anything to do with standards for bicycle helmets.

The standards for Bicycle helmets are set by the ASTM International (formerly American Society for Testing and Material), Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities. Specifically Committee F08.53 on Headgear and Helmets (F1447-06 Standard Specification for Helmets Used in Recreational Bicycling or Roller Skating) is responsible for the standard and how the standard will be tested. For more information on this standard you can go to the ASTM and purchase the standard.

More importantly the standards are voluntary. No government, body, agency or board on a federal level requires any standard. Some state laws refer to the standards for cycling helmet laws.

Sincerely,

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