USE OF BICYCLE HELMETS BY PERSONS AGED 14 YEARS AND UNDER
ORDINANCE NO. 3/1997
Adopted: January 16, 1997
An Ordinance to require the use of bicycle helmets by persons
aged 14 years and under.
THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF CASCADE ORDAINS:
Section 1. The Charter Township of Cascade hereby finds and
A. Injuries sustained in bicycling accidents are a threat to the
public health and safety of the citizens of Cascade Township, and
the prevention of such injuries is a goal of our community; and
B. Head injuries can result from bicycling accidents: and
C. The risk of head injury from bicycling accidents is significantly
reduced for bicyclists who wear proper protective bicycle helmets.
Section 2. As used in this Ordinance, the following terms have
the following meanings, unless the context clearly requires
A. "Operator" means a person who travels on a bicycle
seated on a saddle seat from which that person is intended to and
can pedal the bicycle.
B. "Passenger" means any person who travels on a bicycle
in any manner except as an operator.
C. "Protective bicycle helmet" means a piece of headgear
which meets or exceeds that impact standards for protective bicycle
helmets set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or
the Snell Memorial Foundation, or which is otherwise approved by the
D. "Public bicycle path" means a right-of-way under the
jurisdiction of the state, county or township for the use primarily
by bicycles and pedestrians.
General requirements regarding bicycle helmets.
A. No person aged fourteen (14) years or under shall operate or
be a passenger on a bicycle on a public roadway, sidewalk, or public
bicycle path unless at all times when the person is so engaged he or
she wears a protective bicycle helmet of good fit fastened securely
upon the head with the straps of the helmet.
B. No person shall rent or lease, a bicycle for the use of another
person aged fourteen (14) years or under unless that other person is
in possession of a protective bicycle helmet of good fit at the time
of such rental or lease.
A. A person who violates a requirement of Section 3 prior to
January 1, 1998, shall be warned of the violation but no written
notice will be issued their parents or legal guardian.
B. Any deputy sheriff or designated township employee observing a
person operating or being a passenger upon a bicycle without wearing
a protective bicycle helmet and reasonably believing the person to
be aged fourteen (14) years or under may stop this person for
purposes of establishing their identity. Once their identity is
established the person is free to go about their intended
C. If the person is aged fourteen (14) years or under and is
operating or being a passenger upon a bicycle without wearing a
protective bicycle helmet, the deputy sheriff or designated township
employee must report the person's name to the Township Manager. The
Township Manager will then write a notice to the person's parents or
legal guardian informing them that their child was stopped by
Cascade Charter Township because they were operating or were a
passenger upon a bicycle without wearing a protective bicycle
helmet. The notice will include information which advocates the use
of bicycle helmets as a means to reduce closed head injuries.
D. Beginning January 1, 1998, a violation of Section 3B is a civil
infraction punishable by a fine of not more than Fifty Dollars
Section 5. This ordinance shall become effective upon